A contest for budding journalists
In its third run (due to end in 2018), the Diventa giornalista competition run by Focus Junior magazine is designed to introduce children and teenagers to the world of journalism in a fun and innovative yet accurate and exhaustive way. The project offers teachers a simple free handbook that guides pupils through the creation of their own school newspaper, with the help of digital instruments. Using the journalist kit, the kids have the chance to explore their interests and develop critical writing skills, supported, at all stages, by the guidelines provided. Once they have finished, all the little reporters then need to do is send the digital format to the magazine’s email address.
Over 700 schools took part in the first run (2015–16 school year) and over 1000 took part in the second (2016–17 school year), the topic of which was nature. The competition for the 2017–18 school year instead focuses on journalism in the digital age. Finally, since the January issue of the magazine for children aged 8–13, Focus Junior has published the section Junior Reporter News, a four-page “newspaper” presented in typical newspaper style, produced in collaboration with readers of the magazine. Young reporters are invited to write articles and reviews on topics connected with science, history, geography, travel, video games and movies, famous people, and personal experiences, complete with photos and drawings.