Look at these first-graders reciting the 5 Ws

PBS NewsHour

NewsHour's April Brown describes what she found when she went to a first-grade class at Melrose Elementary School, a journalism magnet school in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The question "What is a reporter?" was written on the white board in the front of the room. Most seemed already to have the answer.

First up on the agenda: a bit of review. Journalism teachers Carol Blair and Cynthia Vickers began by reinforcing an earlier lesson. In unison, as if they were reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the students and teachers said: "A good journalist uses their brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth to ask the five W's: who, what, when, where and why."

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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