The New York Times just announced that it will run its next print-only section, a special broadsheet devoted to kids, along with the Sunday, May 14 edition of the newspaper. How cool is that?!
Edited by the magazine’s special projects editor Caitlin Roper, the kids section is loosely inspired by the breadth of Times content with stories organized into National, Arts, Science, Travel, Sports, Opinion, and Food pages. The special section is a visually engaging mix of features, illustrations, photography and how-to's for kids - although something tells me readers of all ages will enjoy it!
Also included? How to write a newspaper story; how to win an argument with your parents; how to make the best homemade slime imaginable (written by a 13 year-old!); how to bake a chocolate chip cookie pizza; how to nail the spelling bee; how to go big with a 16-year-old aspiring Olympic snowboarder; how to design your own superhero (with help from Marvel); how to make a killer paper airplane (with help from NASA); how to make your own crossword puzzle (with help from Will Shortz), and much more.
The Kids section will also introduce young readers to many talented adults who explain how they got their cool jobs, from principal ballerina Misty Copeland to senator Kamala Harris to chef Angela Dimayuga to sneaker designer D'Wayne Edwards.
A special kid-focused version of The Times’s “Truth is Hard” brand campaign will debut with the section, as well.
I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to introducing my kids to the Times and hope the Kids section becomes a regular feature. Given the current state of affairs, it's more important than ever that children get in the habit of being informed and deciphering real news from sensationalism.