News-O-Matic Brings Fourth Graders to the United Nations for a Report on the U.N.’s 70th Anniversary

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Continuing its goal of youth engagement with current events, News-O-Matic appoints a student council from Avenues: The World School to write about U.N. Day on October 24.

“Part of our mission at News-O-Matic is to inspire and engage a new generation of empowered global citizens”

The United Nations turns 70 years old on October 24, 2015. Rather than having one of its authors write an article about the anniversary, News-O-Matic employed a group of 10 fourth-grade students to cover the event. The student council was invited, as young reporters, to cover the historic U.N. birthday.

The students explored the General Assembly, toured the Security Council, and interviewed top U.N. leaders in a conference. Ava, age 10, was impressed by her visit to the U.N. “The United Nations is the start to making the world a better place, where there is no fighting or arguing, and everyone lives equally,” she said.

News-O-Matic Editor-in-Chief Russell Kahn led the group of students inside the U.N. building in New York City. “Part of our mission at News-O-Matic is to inspire a new generation of empowered global citizens,” he said. “By not only covering the United Nations anniversary but engaging young students in the story, we’ve helped make the U.N. history much more accessible to our readers.”

Kahn also explained what the U.N. visit meant to the ten children who got to take the journey. “These budding journalists asked clever questions and spent three school days reflecting on the experience,” he said. “They had the opportunity of a lifetime — and were able to convey their newfound knowledge to an audience of their peers.”

News-O-Matic readers react to the articles with comments, questions, votes, and drawings. Now the interactive newspaper continues to find new approaches to engage youth with the news events that shape their world.

About News-O-Matic
News-O-Matic is the Daily News Just for Kids, a transformative reading resource for schools. The News-O-Matic app and web site provide students with an exciting and engaging nonfiction experience, giving young readers a window into the world — and a reason to love reading on a daily basis. The tool allows students to make connections in meaningful ways and gives them a voice to communicate with peers across the planet. With News-O-Matic, reading proficiency grew by 26% in two pilot classes.

For more information about News-O-Matic, please email lillian(at)press4kids(dot)com

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