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Are you looking for a way to talk to your kids about issues in the news?  A new Australian national newspaper written for children will be available in April.

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Targeting students aged seven to 14 years old, Inkling is a new weekly newspaper and website that will feature national and international news, reviews and cartoons.

“We want to create an Australia-wide community of kids who are involved in the news,” Saffron Howden, editor and founder of Inkling, said.  “The idea is that we tell all the news that adults consume but we tell it in a child-friendly way.”

The first display edition of the newspaper shows articles ranging from a review of the Matilda musical and a story about Syrian refugee children.  There is also an opinion article about gender stereotypes written by a 14-year-old Sydney student.

Cartoons, graphics and catchy photos are also featured heavily throughout the paper – helping to hold the reader’s attention.

Saffron, a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, said in an interview on 702 ABC Sydney that while adult newspapers are declining in circulation around the world, newspapers for children “are thriving”.

“Kids are really interested in what’s going on in the world, but a lot of parents or teachers don’t want to expose their kids to the television news or the news in newspapers because a lot of it can be disturbing and gory and we make it not so,” Saffron said.  “We encourage kids’ involvement so we’re always going to have book reviews, movie reviews, game reviews written by kids and our opinion page will always be written by kids … so they can be passionate about things and start a conversation about what’s important to them.”

Currently being funded by Saffron herself, the newspaper will be subscriber- and sponsorship-based model.

The newspaper will launch its first formal edition in April.

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  • I wonder where you will be able to get this?

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  • A love new ideas and this one sounds great – best of luck.

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  • GREAT to see something like this for the kids – they get too lost in the electronic world now…


    • Balance between technology and paper based is important for children.

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  • great idea and I am sure a lot of people will check it out.

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  • The only thing is there is huge gap in level of understanding between a 7 y.o. and a 14y.o.

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  • Lke nh

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  • What a fantastic idea. I love it

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  • Brilliant concept, a great easy to let our children know what’s happening in Australia & the rest of the world without subjecting them to the horrors that’s a daily occurrence around us. A great way to encourage young minds to explore their world without using electronic media.

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  • That’s fantastic!! They had a wonderful idea. So far there is the program “Behind the News” that is great for primary school kids.

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  • This would probably be a better idea if it were in a digital format rather than printed.


    • that is exactly what i was thinking. times have changed so it would work well on a digital medium

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  • A great initiative. I remember when I was in primary school we used to watch Behind the News on the ABC, it is still running I believe. This was a great way to get the younger age group interested in News and Current Affairs. It is also great that this newspaper is now available as another mechanism for delivering the News to our youth.

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  • I really like this idea Hope there aren’t too many add though!

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