Children are excited to tell stories and discover more about the world they know best: their family and local community. By turning students into photographers, interviewers, authors, journalists, explorers, anthropologists, sociologists, and documentarians, the Community Photojournalists project ofers rich opportunities for elementary school students to explore and share their world.
Students cultivate storytelling abilities by investigating community-based or cultural stories that are eventually packaged as photo essays and audio recordings that adhere to professional photojournalism and publication guidelines. To carry out the project, students pitch their story ideas to editing partners, conduct interviews with community members, and photograph the people and places on which they report. Through critique and revision, each student fnds an angle for the story, explores and develops a theme, and decides what he or she wants to say to a specifc audience. Finally, the Community Photojournalists publish their stories in one or more safe online formats.