Hello, neighbors! We have a new youth reporter to introduce to you! Frances will be a new reporter. She is 9 years old. She likes to play around with the other kids in the neighborhood and is really familiar with our community. She lives in a different part of the neighborhood than Oscar and will have different observations. Oscar and Frances sat down recently to interview each other about the youth reporting business. We discussed what it takes to be a good youth reporter. Frances says that you need to like to write and to read too. Oscar (me) says you need to be investigative and have the guts to go around and learn about something that you don’t know. Frances adds that you need to like to go places too. She likes exploring by bike, and I agreed that liking to explore is important. We discussed that it is very important to have a working pen or pencil and some paper, which is sometimes hard to do, especially if your room is nicknamed “the black hole”. I told Frances about calling businesses on the phone to do my reporting so that she’d know. We plan to trade off months with our reporting. Upcoming ideas include exploring why it is still snowing outside and why the weather is so different from last year, May Day, Everett’s Grocery Store and how they make bacon, coming attractions at Corcoran Park, and summer activities. We look forward to hearing Frances’ unique view on events happening in our amazing neighborhood.