Junior Reporter Club
Join the Club
Learn what it takes to be a local journalist with the Berks Weekly Junior Reporter Club. Perfect for kids 6+, a new assignment is posted each week to report on. Have fun while learning more about the community!
Register today, it's free to join and your welcome to complete assignments on your own schedule.
Become a Junior Reporter
Junior Reporter Club members receive a Junior Press Pass, Journalism 101 resource booklet, and a few fun surprise gifts.
Junior Press Pass
A press pass identifies you as a member of the Berks Weekly Junior Reporter Club. Be sure to wear it while you're on assignment.
Not sure how to be journalist? We all had to start somewhere. Our resource guide provides basic terms, how-to's, and more.
Certificate of Achievement
Submit a minimum of one article a month for six months to receive a special certificate of achievement by Berks Weekly.
Week of April 20th: Berks Weekly Junior Reporters are asked to interview a local educators. This can be your own teacher, principle, school administrator, etc... Key questions: What do they like about their job? Why did they choose education as a career? What inspires them to continue teaching?Reminder: Due to COVID-19, we recommended interviewing people via phone or video chat only.
In the news
Mayor of Reading PA, Speaks on Facebook Live About Corona and First Responders!
4/16/20 - Blaine Leininger
At around 7:00 PM Tuesday April 14 mayor of Reading, Pa announced on Facebook live that quote “My modeling career is over.” Then he quoted “ Excuse my sense of humor.” He then said that his “Stroke” was actually a case of Bell’s Palsy. He then stated that he works from home and not from the office. He said he can still contact other officials if needed. He said not to worry about the whole situation then he quoted “ Your mask protects you and somebody else’s mask protects them. That is why it is important to wear it in public, at the grocery store, outside anywhere, and most of all at your work.” He also said that there has been a rise of Coronavirus cases in Reading and Berks County. He also put together an event to recognize the first responders and healthcare workers. During that timeline he also recognized the private facilities that are working hard.
How it Works
Each week our editor selects a topic for our junior reporters to write about (usually posted Sundays at 6pm). Club members are under no commitment or deadline, feel free to choose a topic and submit an article as you have time. Once submitted, our editioral team will post the articles in the "in the news" area above.
Do I need to Register?
Yes! Registration is free and includes a junior reporter kit and weekly email highlighting the weeks best articles. Registration also adds you to our achievement program. Submit one article a month for 6 months to receive a certificate.
Due to the wide age range of club members, Berks Weekly does not impose any restrictions on article submissions. The goal of the program is to learn more about the community, not stress over writing or grammar. Younger reporters are welcome to have parental help.