Student reporters go deep with health and community experts
Since 2012, hundreds of Healthy NewsWorks reporters and illustrators have contributed to our annual book series, “Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities.” This capstone project has given them the opportunity to interview leaders who are making positive contributions to health, safety, and the well-being of children. The interviewees have included experts on vaccines, trauma, gun violence prevention, resilience, sleep, nutrition, sports, among other subjects. In all, the books contain more than 140 featured interviews that are written in kid-friendly language.
We know schools are always on the lookout for engaging informational text. We have posted all 11 books on our website so that teachers anywhere can use them. In addition, we have created activities connected to the books for students to respond to through their own writing. These books also are integrated into Healthy NewsWorks curriculum so current and future reporters continue to learn about people who are making a difference in our communities.
In 2023, Healthy NewsWorks plans to pilot a new magazine, building upon our book program. Through the magazine format, we hope to reach even more children with trustworthy and relevant health content.
Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.