In this era of Twitter and Facebook comprehensive communication skills are being ignored. Buck the trend by encouraging your child this summer to give creating a neighborhood newspaper a try.

For basic reporting, the “5 W’s” should be covered:

  • What happened?
  • Who was there?
  • Why did it happen?
  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?

For excellent prompts to get your middle school or high school-age teen started, take a look at

Many neighborhoods publish a monthly or bimonthly newspaper that accepts student submissions. Larger cities may support a youth newspaper. One excellent example worth exploring is the Simpson Street Free Press: