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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!