TFK Kid Reporter Search

Enter the 2017-2018 TFK Kid Reporter contest

April 28, 2017

TFK Kid Reporter Priya Bhakta interviews actor and musician Justin Timberlake.

Do you dream of being a reporter or an editor? Are you a good writer who loves the news? If so, you may have what it takes to be a winner in the TFK Kid Reporter Talent Search.

We’re looking for 12 students from around the nation to join the TFK Kid Reporter team for the 2017–2018 school year.

Next year’s team will continue the tradition of reporting local and regional news stories for TIME For Kids magazine in print and digital and for TIME Edge.

Professional journalists from TIME For Kids will select this team. In the past, TFK Kid Reporters have . . .

★ Interviewed national leaders, celebrities, and other newsmakers.

★ Written news stories, reviews, and opinion pieces for TIME For Kids and TIME Edge.

★ Learned about the news business from award-winning journalists.

★ Appeared on television to talk about their work.

How to Enter:

1. Be sure to read the official rules and share them with your parent or guardian. Include a report you’ve written about an interesting or unique event in your school or community. The story should include a headline plus quotes from people you’ve interviewed.

2. Download the entry form below and have your parent or guardian sign the form and submit it electronically. Entries must be submitted by June 19, 2017. You must be 14 years of age or younger on September 1, 2017. 

Click here to download the entry form.

Click here to apply.

Contest deadline: 12:00 P.M. ET on June 19, 2017. 

All entries must follow the official rules for consideration. See contest rules below.

Good luck!






1. HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins 12:01 A.M. ET on March 13, 2017, and ends 12:00 P.M. ET on June 19, 2017. To enter, go to With a parent’s permission, fill out the required fields on the entry form and (a) upload an essay, explaining why you would be a good reporter for TFK; the essay must be 50 words or less and written in English; please include your name on the essay; acceptable formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf; (b) upload a news article written by you that demonstrates your reporting skills; it is acceptable for the article to have been previously published; you may use TIME For Kids articles as models; do NOT send an article that is written in a question-and-answer (Q&A) format; the story should include a headline, byline, and quotes from people you’ve interviewed; it may include journalistic elements such as photos, editorial cartoons, charts, maps, and graphs, if appropriate; acceptable formats: .doc., .docx., pdf; (c) upload your photo; acceptable formats: .jpg and .png (maximum file size 50 MB); (d) download the official entry form provided at Fill out the required fields, including the signature of a parent or guardian. Take a photo of or scan the completed document and upload it to the indicated field. Entry forms must be submitted and documents uploaded by June 19, 2017. You do not have to be a TIME For Kids subscriber to enter. Limit one entry per person. Sponsor is not responsible for late, illegible, incomplete entries or entries not received for any reason. Entries become sole property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned. By entering, you warrant that the entry is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.

2. JUDGING: All entries will be judged by TFK editors based equally on the following criteria: creativity, originality, grammar and spelling, clarity, and newsworthiness. The judges will choose 20 finalists and then choose 10 Winners who will become TFK Kid Reporters. In the event of a tie, an additional “tie-breaker” judge will determine the Winner from among all such tied entries using the judging criteria above. Sponsor reserves the right to choose fewer than 10 Winner(s) if, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and/or qualified entries are received. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winners will be notified by telephone and e-mail.

3. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States of America and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who are 14 years or younger as of September 1, 2017 and have not previously served as kid reporters for Sports Illustrated Kids or Scholastic News. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor, its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.

4. PRIZES: Twelve (12) TFK Kid Reporters and five (5) alternates who will serve as TFK Kid Reviewers will be selected. Each winner may be asked to represent TIME For Kids and TIME Edge in national and/or local media. They will report for TIME For Kids and Time Edge from August 2017 to August 2018. a. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected and notified in July 2017. Each of the finalists will be interviewed by phone and asked to submit video clips and a final assignment. Finalists will receive a certificate of recognition. b. Ten (10) TFK Kid Reporters will be selected from the finalists based on evaluations of all entry materials. The finalists will be judged on poise, articulation, and on-camera presence demonstrated in their video clip, and on the quality of their reported and written work. The 10 reporters will be announced in August 2017. c. TFK Kid Reporters may be given assignments during the period of August 2017 to August 2018. Though TIME For Kids will try to give at least one assignment to each reporter, there is no guarantee that a reporter will be given any assignments. Article assignments will be distributed at the discretion of site and magazine editors. Articles will be edited and may be published in TIME For Kids magazine and/or on TIME For Kids digital and TIME Edge. Each reporter will be given a byline if his/her story is published. d. Each reporter chosen will receive a TFK Kid Reporter T-shirt, press credential, reporter’s notebook, and letter of congratulations. e. There will be no compensation for any stories filed for and/or published in TIME For Kids print and digital magazines and/or on Time Edge. Preapproved expenses incurred while reporting a story will be reimbursed. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the Winner. ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. The prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. f. Each reporter agrees to have his/her name and likeness used in conjunction with the TFK Kid Reporter Team. g. All materials, manuscripts, and articles will become the property of Time Inc.

5. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: No transfer, assignment, or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Nothing in these official contest rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. By entering, Entrant represents that all entry materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such materials. In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted entry, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice, or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Potential Winner, and parent or legal guardian where the Potential Winner has not reached the age of majority in their state of residence at time of entry, as a condition of receiving any prize, also may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and where legally permissible, a Publicity Release and confirmation of a license as set forth above within 7 days following the date of first attempted notification, certifying, among other things, the following: (a) entry does not defame or invade the privacy of any party; (b) entry does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (c) the entry materials submitted are original. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use Winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical information, and entry materials for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By entering and/or accepting prize, Entrants and Winners agree to hold Sponsor and its promotional partners, its directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property including death relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse, or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prizewinner, if either commits or has committed any act, or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence that the Sponsor deems likely to subject the Sponsor, Entrant, or Winner to ridicule, scandal, or contempt, or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsor in any way. If such information is discovered by Sponsor after a Winner has received notice of the prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsor may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of the prize has already been awarded, Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.

6. GOVERNING LAW: This Contest is governed by the internal laws of the State of New York without regard to principals of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this Contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of New York, without recourse to class action suits.

7. SEVERABILITY: If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.

8. WINNER’S LIST: For names of Winner(s), log on to after August 30, 2017.

9. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is TIME For Kids, 225 Liberty Street, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10281.

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