Kid Reporter Update: Captain Marvel, SXSW, the New York Toy Fair and more!

Royivia Ferguson  //  Mar 25, 2019

Kid Reporter Update: Captain Marvel, SXSW, the New York Toy Fair and more!

This month, Kid Reporters in the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps checked in from across the country and around the world to share the news stories that were most important to kids in their communities.

These young journalists attended this year’s SXSW tech festival in Austin, Texas; interviewed the casts and crews of “Captain Marvel” and “The Kid Who Would Be King”; and spoke with experts about artificial intelligence, reducing teen smoking, and dental hygiene.

Check out their stories below.

The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is now accepting Kid Reporter applications for the 2019–2020 school year. Students ages 10–14 with a passion for telling great stories and discussing the issues that matter most to kids are encouraged to apply. All applications must be received by May 31, 2019.

The Kid Who Would Be King
Kid Reporter Maya Mukherji interviews director Joe Cornish about how he brought the legend of King Arthur to life in a new fantasy adventure film starring kids.

Want to Learn More About Artificial Intelligence?
Kid Reporter Arjun Suri talks with an expert on AI and shares tips for teens interested in learning more about the rapidly evolving technology.

Toys Are Not Just for Kids
The 2019 New York Toy Fair had something for everyone—“foodie” toys, escape puzzles, and a new take on the yo-yo, writes Kid Reporter Josh Stiefel.

Celebrating the Birth of Ultimate Frisbee
In Maplewood, New Jersey, Kid Reporter Liset Zacker speaks with high school students—past and present—who recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of this unique sport.

Tobacco-Free Teens
Kid Reporter Benjamin Who recently looked into an interactive program developed by MD Anderson Cancer Center that seeks to reduce teen smoking.

Call Her Captain Marvel
Kid Reporter Alula Anderson attended the “Captain Marvel” press conference and asked stars Brie Larson, Lashana Lynch, and Clark Gregg about the box-office hit.

Escaping the Flames in Paradise
Last November’s Camp Fire was the most devastating in California’s history. Kid Reporter Ella Porter shares the eyewitness accounts of four families from Paradise.  

America’s Oldest Regiment
Kid Reporter Konrad Paul Schwarz writes about The Old Guard, a ceremonial unit of the U.S. Army, which has been serving the nation since 1784.

Cars: The End of the Line
Ford Motor Company recently announced that it would stop producing most cars and focus instead on SUVs and light trucks. Kid Reporter Brandon Peterson talks with community members in Britt, Iowa, about what the news means for them.

Taking Flight
NASA astronaut Christina Koch headed to the International Space Station on March 14. For her, it’s a dream come true, writes Kid Reporter Teresa Fang.

Taking Care of Your Teeth
Kid Reporter Ava-Kelly Gray talks with a dental hygienist in Chicago and gets tips for kids on brushing, flossing, and more.

Bridging the Racial Divide in Memphis
Kid Reporter Aanya Kabra attends a panel discussion hosted by the Memphis Bar Association on racial diversity and inclusion in the city’s legal profession.

Korea Celebrates the March First Movement
Kid Reporter John Woo tours two exhibits in Seoul that commemorate the 100th anniversary of Korea’s fight for independence.

Rick Riordan Presents: The Making of a Myth
Kid Reporter Liset Zacker talks with Riordan and his fellow authors about their middle-grade novels, which draw upon myths from around the world.

Remembering Rutherford B. Hayes
Kid Reporter Nolan Pastore visits the 19th U.S. president’s former estate in Fremont, Ohio.

Project Tiger
A conservationist in India talks with Kid Reporter Rohan Saketh Devulapalli about a successful program to save this big cat, which is now an endangered species.

An Eye on AI
When it comes to the possibilities of artificial intelligence, a Toronto researcher tells Kid Reporter Nikita A. Mohile, “You’re only limited by your imagination.”

Our Kid Reporter Visits SXSW
From a “Fab Lab” and a lesson on climate change, to the uses of augmented reality, this year’s tech festival showed why science matters, writes Kid Reporter Truman J. Hamade.

The Rebirth of Independent Bookstores
Despite the rise of Amazon, indie bookstores are making a comeback. Kid Reporter Stone Shen finds out why.

Leading With Kindness
Julia Huesa, vice president of Harvard University’s Undergraduate Council, offers Kid Reporter Teresa Fang tips on leadership.