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'Kid reporters' take on the Democratic National Convention

Adedayo Perkovich and Maxwell Surprenant (Amanda Ota, Sinclair Broadcast Group)

The members of the press on the ground for the Democratic National Convention included journalists from around the world, network anchors, award-winning writers and a couple of "kid reporters."

Adedayo Perkovich and Maxwell Surprenant are years away from being old enough to vote, but that didn’t stop them from heading to the DNC this week to cover the event themselves.

The 12-year-olds, ready with their press credentials and questions, were in Philadelphia to do original reporting as part of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Perkovich is in her second year as a kid reporter. Surprenant has been a kid reporter for about a year.

As kid reporters, the two pitch ideas to their editor, attend events and compile stories designed to appeal to kids their age.

“A big thing for kid reporting is coming up with the angle, but luckily I have one,” Surprenant said.

“It’s kids writing news, for kids.”

“It’s really just thinking about how I would want to hear this kind of news and sharing it in the clearest and best way and most interesting way possible,” Perkovich said.

“We’re kids, but we really are reporting, it’s something important and I love these events,” Surprenant said.

Perkovich’s reporting has led her to conversations with Selma Director Ava DuVernay and Congressman John Lewis.

Surprenant’s has taken him from New Hampshire to Los Angeles, to The White House.

Thus far, Surprenant’s favorite events to cover have been those of the presidential race, “from primaries in New Hampshire” to the DNC itself.

“Its my first convention and it's my first time in Philadelphia” Surprenant explained.

Perkovich said that while she’s been to Philadelphia before, being in town for a political convention is a unique experience.

“I’d gone to Philadelphia when I was little, but to get a sense at a convention, it’s so different,” Perkovich remarked.

“There are so many different things that I wouldn’t have explored before if I weren’t here.”

While they acknowledge the scale of the events and the sheer number of moving parts the young reporters are undaunted.

“That’s what just makes it so fun, because there’s so much going on , so much to do,” Surprenant said.

“You kind of just have to dive in and go for it,” Perkovich said.

In their quest to provide the best possible stories, both Perkovich and Surprenant have been talking to a myriad of convention attendees and even picking up some advice along the way.

“I’ve been trying to talk to everyone I can,” Surprenant said, describing how he’s been getting tips from reporters and talking to voters “just seeing where they stand on the election this year.”

“It’s really interesting to see what everyone thinks and a lot of people have different opinions.”

Surprenant explained that part of what makes these conversations fun is “hearing those different viewpoints.”

“I’ve learned that like it’s good to hear from both sides , because hearing from both sides you really learn more about each candidate,” Surprenant said.

Perkovich described how people seem to receive kid reporters warmly, because they “really appreciate that there are still young people out there who are really interested in this field.”

“It’s really interesting to hear their tips and to have their support, it really means a lot, it’s really exciting to hear all the different viewpoints.”

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