Charlie von Maur-Newcomb writes stories for his newspaper using his laptop at his kitchen table. (Kayla Renie/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Charlie von Maur-Newcomb writes stories for his newspaper using his laptop at his kitchen table. (Kayla Renie/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Charlie’s favorite part of the reporting process is conducting interviews and getting quotes from Kelly residents. (Kayla Renie/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Charlie’s favorite part of the reporting process is conducting interviews and getting quotes from Kelly residents. (Kayla Renie/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Lukus Ladeinde, left, works on a printing press in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Most newspapers are printed on presses like this one. They fill up the whole room. (AP/Steven Senne)

Lukus Ladeinde, left, works on a printing press in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Most newspapers are printed on presses like this one. They fill up the whole room. (AP/Steven Senne)

Charlie isn’t the only one to create his own newspaper. Claudell Edwards sells a copy of One Step Away, a publication produced and sold by residents of homeless shelters, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AP/Matt Rourke)

Charlie isn’t the only one to create his own newspaper. Claudell Edwards sells a copy of One Step Away, a publication produced and sold by residents of homeless shelters, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AP/Matt Rourke)

A man reads a paper at a newsstand in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

A man reads a paper at a newsstand in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

Charlie’s Newspaper

Posted: July 1, 2021

Watch out, Jackson Hole News & Guide. There’s a new kid in town.

Well, maybe not in town, but in nearby Kelly, Wyoming.

The vernal (youthful) newspaper belongs to Charlie von Maur-Newcomb (a literal kid). He’s just 11. He titled his newspaper Kelly Out Loud!

Kelly isn’t a town . . . or even a village. Only about 120 people live there. But that doesn’t mean Charlie doesn’t have anything to write about. He covers everything from local news in Kelly to world news. People pick up physical copies of his paper at the Kelly post office. Subscribers can also get a digital version emailed from charlievmn@icloud.com.

Charlie does the writing and reporting for Kelly Out Loud! himself. His parents help with a little copy editing. “I edit for grammatical errors and things like maybe a few redundancies,” says his mom. (Redundancies are unnecessarily repeated bits of information.) She adds: “I do not edit his voice.” (Voice refers to the specific way a person writes. Each writer has his or her own vocabulary, tone, and point of view. Every person arranges sentences uniquely.)

Charlie works away at the paper each week. What drove him to start publishing a newspaper? He was reading another local paper, the News & Guide. He realized: News writers tell people important information about the world. He wanted to do that too.

Charlie gets his ideas from many places, including listening to news radio in the car with his dad. Charlie says, “I think about who lives in Kelly and what they might be interested in.”

Charlie’s readers wonder what he will do when he grows up. Will he try a career in journalism? He hasn’t decided for sure. He’s still only 11, after all!