Reporter now a book author

Young girls shouldn’t have to stick to playing with dolls and dressing up as princesses — that’s what 9-year-old Hilde Lysiak proves time and again.

In April, Lysiak broke the news of a suspected murder in her local Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on her own news outlet, the Orange Street News, says the Huffington Post — hours before professional news sources did. But instead of earning praise for her journalistic prowess, the aspiring reporter received some snide remarks online, with the Huffington Post reporting that she was told to “focus on ‘cute’ subjects,” while some “even said she should stick to ‘tea parties and dolls.'”

But Lysiak’s hard work is about to pay off yet again: the young journalist is set to release a set of books with Scholastic next year.

Announced by the publishing company on Thursday, June 30, Lysiak and her father, a former New York Daily News reporter, will co-author a four-book mystery series for kids, says the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post reports:

“The books, targeted towards children ages 6-8, will feature Hilde and her older sister, Izzy, as the main characters, reporting around town. The first book, slated to be published in the fall of 2017, will be titled Hilde Cracks The Case, according to the Scholastic press release.”

While news of the forthcoming book series is exciting, Lysiak said in the press release that she will have one thing in mind when penning the books:

“I want kids who read these books to love reporting like I do.”

Young journalist curbs her competition

There is no rule that says a ‘professional’ has to be a person of a certain age. Just look at Hilde Kate Lysiak, and you’ll see that professional prowess comes in people of all ages.

According to Women in the World, a division of The New York Times, Lysiak is a 9-year-old multimedia journalist and the founder of the Orange Street NewsBut just because she is young doesn’t mean Lysiak doesn’t take her job seriously.

In fact, Women in the World says that she reported a local suspected murder case ahead of “more established competitors with her scoop and the headline, ‘Exclusive! Murder on Ninth Street.’ She posted a story and video from the crime scene, and promised readers that she was ‘working hard’ on the investigation.”

Acting on a tip she received from a “good source,” the young entrepreneur and her parents received some backlash on her publication’s Facebook page on Saturday, April 2, according to Women in the World, but her father — a former reporter for the New York Daily News — said, “she’s really motivated.”

So far, her Orange Street News has garnered 18,000 pageviews in the past month, according to Women in the World, and even has a “print edition that can be mailed to subscribers for $10 a year.”

While Lysiak is certainly a flourishing journalist, she told the Washington Post this week that she does it for the love of information.

“I just like letting people know all the information,” she said.

Spoken like a seasoned journalist.