Become a multimedia citizen reporter and make

an impact in your community with our journalism class

Ready to become a multimedia citizen journalist? Our immersive journalism course for students ages 9-16, led by 3rd generation journalist, former TV news producer and video editor Kyria Kalata, will give you the skills you need to succeed in the world of modern journalism.

This course combines the latest multimedia techniques with live classroom sessions to give you a hands-on learning experience like no other. You’ll learn everything from basic photography and videography techniques to advanced editing skills, all while working on real-world reporting assignments.

With Kyria Kalata as your instructor, you’ll learn from someone with a deep understanding of the journalism industry. As a former TV news producer and video editor, Kyria Kalata has years of experience crafting compelling stories for audiences on using various mediums.

At the end of the course, you’ll have a portfolio of work you can be proud of, showcasing your skills as a budding multimedia citizen journalist. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your work to the world through our media outlets, giving you valuable exposure.

As a third-generation journalist with experience as a TV news producer and video editor, Kyria Kalata is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with you. She will be your instructor for this course and will guide you every step of the way. With personalized feedback and support, She will help you develop your skills in multimedia journalism and become a confident and skilled multimedia citizen journalist.

Don’t wait to start your journey as a multimedia journalist. Sign up for our journalism class and learn to be the voice of truth in a world of noise.


NextGen Newsroom: A Multimedia Newsroom Experience for Middle and High Schoolers

The 10 hour interactive prerecorded portion of the class will cover:

  • Introduction to multimedia journalism
  • Writing for multimedia
  • Photography and videography
  • Audio journalism
  • Video journalism
  • Creating multimedia stories
  • Legal and ethical considerations

The live 90 minutes hands-on portion of the class will:

  • Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
  • News Story Pitch Session
  • Research and Planning
  • Creating Multimedia Content
  • Article Planning
  • Podcast Episode Planning
  • Multimedia Show Planning
  • Editing and Presenting
  • Weekly 30 minute private training meetings

At the end of this program your child will be able to:

  1. understand the basics of multimedia journalism and are able to pitch a story idea to their peers.
  2. conduct effective research and plan their article, podcast episode, and multimedia show with guidance from the instructor.
  3. produce high-quality multimedia content, including articles, podcast episodes, and multimedia shows, using a variety of tools and techniques.
  4. edit and finalize their multimedia content and present their work to the group with confidence and clarity.



The benefit of the program for students would be that they would learn valuable multimedia journalism skills, including research, writing, podcasting, and multimedia production. They would also gain experience working on a team and collaborating with others, as well as receiving personalized feedback from an experienced journalist.


What age range is this program designed for? Our program is designed to provide a unique and engaging learning experience for students in two age groups: 9-12 and 13-16. By grouping students based on their age, we are able to tailor the curriculum to their specific needs and interests, as well as provide a more comfortable and relatable learning environment. We understand that students in different age groups have different life experiences, goals, and perspectives, and we aim to create a program that addresses these differences and challenges them to think critically and creatively about the world of journalism.

Will my child need any previous experience in journalism to participate in this program? To enroll in the program, students will need to register as new students by filling out the registration form on our website. Once registered, they will have access to our 10-hour interactive prerecorded program, which covers all the skills needed to succeed in the program. In addition, students will have access to 18 hours of live instruction with Kyria Kalata, experienced journalism instructors. Parents can rest assured that their child will receive personalized attention and support throughout the program, and we are always available to answer any questions they may have.

How much time will my child need to commit to this program each week? The program is designed to be flexible to accommodate each student’s individual pace and comfort level with computers and research. As a general guideline, we recommend setting aside around 2-3 hours per week for the live sessions and independent work, but students can work at their own pace and may require more or less time depending on their needs.

What skills will my child learn in this program? Your child will learn a wide range of multimedia journalism skills, including writing articles, producing podcasts, creating videos, conducting research, interviewing techniques, and more.

Is any prior experience required to join this program? No prior experience is required. This program is designed to introduce and develop journalism skills for beginners with the pre-recorded prorgarm and the hands-0n program. The two combined will give your child everything they need to complete the program the first time.

How will the program be conducted? Is it online or in-person? This program is conducted entirely online, allowing students to participate from the comfort of their own homes. It includes interactive live sessions, prerecorded lessons, assingments, and individualized live guidance from Ms. Kyria and former journalis and an experienced instructor of ten years.

What is the duration of the program? The program is structured as a 4-week course, with weekly sessions and assignments. This provides students with ample time to learn and practice the skills taught. At the end of the 4 weeks there will be a showcase of the students work in multimedia formats. They will be able to view and share the student magzine, digital newspaper, student podcast, and the NextGen News streaming program.

How will my child receive feedback and support during the program? Students will receive personalized feedback and support from our experienced instructors. They will have the opportunity to interact with instructors during live sessions, as well as through one-on-one sessions for individualized guidance.

Will my child have the opportunity to showcase their work? Yes! At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to present their final projects, such as articles, podcasts, or multimedia shows. This allows them to showcase their newfound skills and creativity. They will be able to view and share the student magzine, digital newspaper, student podcast, and the NextGen News streaming program.

Is there any specific software or equipment required for this program? We provide guidance on using free or readily available software and tools. Microsoft users have free access to: Clipchamp. Mac users have free access to: iMovie.  Students can utilize their own computers, smartphones, or tablets to participate. We focus on teaching core journalism skills rather than relying on expensive or specialized equipment. 

Are there any opportunities for further engagement or advancement after completing this program? Upon completion of the program, students will have a solid foundation in journalism skills. They can continue to explore journalism through school newspapers, community programs, or pursue advanced journalism courses as they progress academically. 


Continuing the Journey: Returning Students


At NextGen Newsroom, I believe in fostering a lifelong passion for journalism. I understand that mastering the art of storytelling takes practice and dedication. That’s why I offer returning students a special opportunity to further develop their skills and expand their portfolio.

Once your child has completed the program, they can come back again and again to take their journalism journey to the next level. Returning students not only benefit from a discounted rate (35% off) but also gain access to advanced lessons and tailored guidance from Ms. Kyria Kalata.

By returning to NextGen Newsroom, students can build upon their foundation and dive deeper into the world of multimedia journalism. They can explore new storytelling techniques, tackle more challenging topics, and expand their collection of articles, podcasts, and news program episodes.

My program encourages returning students to embrace their creativity, refine their writing and interviewing skills, and experiment with different multimedia formats. Whether they want to dig into investigative journalism, host a thought-provoking podcast series, or produce visually captivating videos, Ms. Kyria Kalata will be there to provide personalized support and feedback every step of the way.

Moreover, returning students will have the opportunity to join a vibrant community of aspiring journalists. They can collaborate with fellow returning students, share insights, and inspire each other’s growth in a supportive and engaging environment.

At NextGen Newsroom, I’m committed to helping your child develop a true passion for journalism. My program empowers them to refine their storytelling abilities, broaden their perspectives, and make a meaningful impact through their work. Join me as a returning student and continue your journey to become a skilled journalist!