RevSquare is launching a news site for kids ages 6 to 12: Kiddoki.com. As many of you know, I have been working on news for kids for a long time. I co-created with Francois Dufour of Play Bac, and his team, the first daily print newspapers for kids in the Western world, 18 years ago. Since, with François and Nancy, we have been trying to launch an online version in the US. First with The Associated Press in 1998 and then with partners like Workman Publishing in 2000. We even tried to launch a print version with The Miami Herald in 2005.
We think it is worth it to try again. But this time our company, RevSquare, is going to take the lead and become the publisher with our perspective on what the feature and functionality set should be. Kiddoki will have two editions: Kiddoki.com Jr (ages 6-8) and Kiddoki.com (ages 9-12). Their goals: improve reading and comprehension skills, and prepare kids to be global, informed and active citizens. The sites will provide news stories based on the interest of kids, but will, occasionally and when necessary, explain "grown-up news" to them for important events, such as elections.
If you want to know more about it, you can go to Knight News Challenge site, where we are applying for a grant. And, if by any chance, you like the idea, register and vote for us. :)