To nurture intellectual curiosity and instill a lifelong love of writing by mentoring 4th and 5th grade students in the creation of their very own published bylines.
In 2018, T. T. Hardy Online News Corporation., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, decided to launch The Young Journalist program. The program began at a single elementary school with six students and in 2021 has expanded to… Read More Here.
Our mentors teach the “tools” of journalism: email, online research, copying and pasting in Word, citing sources, downloading publishable images, creating a news broadcast, proper sentence structure, paraphrasing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and most importantly, conceptualizing how the research will become a published article.
The students read out loud biographies of journalists such as Marjory Stoneman Douglas, E.B. White, Gwen Ifill, Hunter Thompson and Richard Engel, to inspire them. This also educates them in journalism’s many styles and helps them build a rich and expansive vocabulary, which enhances their writing.
The Dean of Liberal Arts at Indian River State College recognized the Program in 2019. We are thrilled to have become partners with the Environmentalist Learning Center, The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation and The First Amendment Museum, Augusta, ME. A major highlight of the Program was when the Young Journalist’ received their very own copies of … Read More Here.