In 1998, FOR KIDS ONLY!, now online as Kids News, Inc., children's newspaper, a division of Kids News, Inc. was founded by journalist and author, Karen Tortorella. Kids News, Inc. gives kids a voice. It is news kids use and talk about to other kids!
We have tapped into the writing talents of hundreds of kid cub reporters in New Jersey covering many national stories of interest to kids and their families. Kids News Inc. covers news, the environment, social issues, entertainment, and sports from a kids point of view and looks into kid's opinions about everything!
Now we are available online with the new Kids News,Inc. website. Kids throughout the United States and the world can enjoy KNI, and have a chance to contribute to KNI and to communicate with other kids. Kids are encouraged to send in interesting stories about their communities in their corner of the world.
Kids and parents can find fun facts, activities and information about national events and happenings. KNI works with national and international book, toy and film companies, and news agencies to keep kids informed. KNI will bring you the latest trends, news and innovations for kids!
In the premiere online issue of Kids News, Inc., kids can get an inside scoop about the life and career of Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin in a interview written by Kids News Inc., cub reporter Rebecca Pauley.
You will also see an interview with Saorise Ronan, also an academy award nominee for her role in Atonement, now featured in the upcoming fantasy movie City of Ember. Kid golfer, MacKenzie Kline who competes in LPGA tournaments will surprise you with her unusual story, and you'll find a cub interview with Nat and Alex Wolff of Nickelodeon's hit series The Naked Brothers, as well as an KNI interview with another teen Miranda Cosgrove talking about her Nick hit, i Carly and her life outside of the show.
Also, in our premiere issue you will find interviews with kid fave's such as Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ben Stiller speaking with KNI cub Rebecca Pauley about DreamWorks Madagascar 2, Chicago Bear kicker Robbie Gould, and Clone Wars executive director Dave Filoni. Meerkat Manor executive producer Mick Kaczorowski gave cub Jessica Beyda an inside look at the taping of Animal Planet's popular Meerkat Manor.
Next month look for an interview by cub Nolan Syers with World Wrestling Entertainment icon Triple H at the WWE headquarters in Stamford Connecticut!
And, don't be surprised to see KNI cubs as guests on a popular national television show talking about their interesting assignments for the newspaper! More details will follow!
In our upcoming archives you will find that FOR KIDS ONLY! has covered everything from a story about a NASCAR kids competition, kids signing a petition at the UN to root out landmines in third world countries, and an interview with Craig Kielburger, who founded Free the Children! an organization which fights against unjust child labor practices on the world stage of international human rights.
Also, stories about kid filmmakers in the USA and Europe trying to make a difference, professional kid Metropolitan opera singers, Broadway kids,the World Wildlife Foundation kids programs, The Children's Rainforest Group, UNICEF kids and many others.
And you can archive stories for our tenth anniversary about our interviewees such as Dakota Fanning (Charlotte's Web & Dreamer), Steven Spielberg, Bill Cosby, Yogi Berra, Shaquille O'Neal, Harry Potter's Rupbert Grint, Derek Jeter, Hannah Montana's Emily Osment, Chef Emeril LaGasse, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? kids, Alyson Stoner (Disney's Mike's Super Short Show), Nick's Just Jordan Kids, Zoom Kids, Good Morning America's animal expert Jack Hanna, Bill Nye the Science Guy, boxer Laila Ali, SpongeBob, Donald Trump, the Rugrats, ScoobyDoo, and many others.
Karen Tortorella has written on staff and free-lance for The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Robb Report, Seventeen, The Buffalo News, The Asbury Park Press, The Tennesean, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Chicago Tribune and other major publications.
Ms. Tortorella has also worked for CBS Network News, and Storer Cable where she wrote, produced and reported on various stories in Central New Jersey, CTN, a NJ State Cable station and other media entitites.
*Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader, Photo Fox TV