VIRTUAL SPACE Alexis (bottom) and Kid Reporter Jack Doane interview retired NASA astronaut Cady Coleman.
COURTESY OCEAN ELDERS

Each year, TIME for Kids selects kid reporters from all around the United States. They report on current events, interview interesting people, and review the latest books for TIME for Kids and TIME Edge. This year’s group had a few extra challenges, but they pulled through like pros.

Now we’re looking for a new batch of young journalists to join our team! Visit timeforkids.com/2020-kid-reporter-contest to learn more.

“To any prospective reporters out there, please apply to be a TIME for Kids Kid Reporter,” says TFK Kid Reporter Eshaan, from Texas. “It’s an amazing experience, and I highly recommend it.” Here, Eshaan and three of his peers share their experiences over the past year.

Alexis Bumah, age 13

One challenge I had to overcome was my shyness. When I applied, I was really shy and wasn’t one to put myself out there a whole lot. But over the past few months, I’ve definitely come out of my shell more, and that’s formed me into the amazing junior journalist I am today.

Eshaan Mani, age 14

PRESS ROOM Eshaan works alongside pro journalists at a Democratic debate in September 2019.

ARUN MANI

I’ve had such awesome experiences over the past year. For example, I cohosted the TIME for Kids Explains: Pandemics podcast. It was super-duper fun. I also had a viral moment last fall when the Democratic debate came to Houston, Texas.

Nora Wilson-Hartgrove, age 10

IN PRINT Nora’s interview with award-winning author Lois Lowry appears in TIME.

COURTESY JONATHAN WILSON-HARTGROVE

Being a Kid Reporter was a life-changing experience. It opens up opportunities that you could not get anywhere else. I was also lucky to get an amazing editor. She was always sending me emails with exciting and fun assignments. I even got to be in TIME magazine.

Priscilla L. Ho, age 11

NEW HEIGHTS Priscilla reports on rock-climbing gyms. And she gets to try one for the first time.

GARY HO

My favorite experience was when a group of other TIME for Kids reporters and I interviewed astronaut Andrew Morgan, who was part of a crew on the International Space Station. At first, I had trouble with interviews because it was hard talking to people I didn’t know. But interviews for TIME for Kids have let me grow out of this problem.

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