Can You Explain It?
Sometimes, news stories cover specialized topics that require background knowledge the average reader might not have. For this type of story, a journalist might write an explainer article. An explainer provides what readers need to know about a complex topic. The goal is to be simple and thorough.
One approach is to ask the big questions about a subject and then answer them. A good explainer provides the essential information readers need to understand the news.
Junior Journalists, we want to know: Can you explain it? Is there a topic you know a lot about? What are the big questions a newcomer would ask about this topic? Can you answer them? Why is the topic important? Ask a teacher, parent, or guardian to share your story with us at timeforkids.com/tfkpressclub or email@example.com.