Youngest TIME Magazine for Kids Reporter stands tall at convention

Tiana Sirmans, 9, the youngest kid reporter for TIME Magazine and youngest member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists grabs business cards from her back pack during a presentation at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) conference at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort in Aventura, Florida on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. SARAHBETH MANEY/NABJ MONITOR

By Alexis Grace
NABJ Monitor

Tiana Sirmans knows a thing or two about chasing dreams. The 9-year-old is the youngest journalist for “TIME Magazine for Kids” and a member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.

Sirmans said she began writing at 3 years old, starting with poems, scripts and books. She hopes to own her own publication one day, and she is looking forward to telling stories.

Tiana has received plenty of recognition from her peers and teachers since her work was noticed in the third grade.

She has been learning networking at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in Miami this week.

 “I love meeting new people and doing new things, so this definitely gives me the opportunity to do something I love,” Tiana said. 

While she looks up to many journalists, Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” and Alicia Vitarelli of “ABC Action News in Philadelphia” are her favorites.

Her mother has even given her a task at this convention. 

“I have to come back with a job,” Tiana said with a laugh. She advises children like her to not be afraid of chasing their goals. 

“When you say you can and actually believe in yourself, then you can make your dreams come true,’’  Tiana said. 

She dreams about becoming a journalist and a motivational speaker when she grows up. She has already started thinking about what she might say: “ Keep believing and don’t stop dreaming.” 

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