Did Mohamed put anything in his school to make it fun?
Tammy, Age 8
Whoa, Tammy! I think every school on Earth is fun. One unique part of Mohamed's school is that the students learned photography! πŸ“Έ
Russ

Please do more basketball articles!
Sam, Age 9
You got it, Sam! We have a really cool story about the NBA traveling to another country. I hope you like it! πŸ€ πŸ‡²πŸ‡½
Russ

Can you do more basketball articles?πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€ You are number one! 🐲🐲🐲
Henry, Age 8
Thanks for telling me what you want to read about. I'll look for a basketball story for you, Henry!
Russ

Hi Russ me again, why did you not write about Pearl Harbor?
Annika, Age 10
Hey, Annika. Don't worry, we didn't forget about the event. On Monday, we are planning to do a story about one of the heroes from that tragic day. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Russ

I love glitter so much. I didn't realize how much it was affecting the environment! When I do crafts, I make sure me and my mom buy eco-friendly glitter!πŸ’–πŸ˜
Olivia, Age 10
That's great, Olivia! Keep up the great work in protecting our planet! 🌎
Russ

Did my mayor go to the meeting? I am from Portland, Oregon.
Jon, Age 9
Hi, Jon. Yes, Mayor Ted Wheeler was in Chicago for the big meeting!
Russ

So I am about to get the flu shot. Can you give me some advice?
Devan, Age 9
Hey, Devan. Getting a shot can be a little scary. When I'm getting one, I look away from the needle and try to think about something else - like what my dream meal would be. Before you know it, the pain is over! πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ
Russ

I think that the Eagles are going to be like a tornadoπŸŒͺ. I really like the Eagles! 🏈
Nouraiz, Age 8
Hey! That's a good way to describe the team. It's the best club in the NFL right now!
Russ

Why did you choose to be a writer? Out of anything in the world, you choose to be a writer?
Cole, Age 10
Hi, Cole! Good question. I wanted to become a writer because I just love to put words on paper. For me, it's exciting to look at a blank page. The possibilities are endless! πŸ“
Russ

Hey Russ, I read the article about Finland's birthday. One of my besties' birthday is today! So i just wanted to tell you that😺
Amanda, Age 12
Hey, Amanda. It's so cool that your friend shares a birthday with a country. Tell your bestie I say Happy Birthday! πŸŽ‚
Russ

Hi Russ! On the article about Russia banned from the Olympics, I think it was the right choice because using drugs to make you stronger is cheating. So if they won a medal then they know that they are cheating themselves!
Clozie, Age 11
Great point, Clozie. Thanks for writing about this issue.
Russ

Dear Russ, why do people spell "Hanukkah" as Hanukah or Channuka? I have seen both!
Bela, Age 9
Hi, Bela! People spell it differently! It depends on how you put the Hebrew word "Χ—Χ Χ•Χ›Χ”" into English. But no matter how you spell it, it always means the same thing: "dedication"!
Russ

I think Russia being out of the Olympics is good and bad. It gives other countries a chance to place. But many Russians trained hard and were not β€œdoped”. They should still be in.
Danielle, Age 10
Hi, Danielle. Good point! I think it would be fair for some athletes from Russia to compete... as long as they did not cheat.
Russ

Hi Russ, for the world cup, I really want Argentina to win. Here are my top 3 = 1.Argentina 2.France 3.Australia (I come from Australia) I'm sooooooo excited!!!!
Will, Age 9
I'm really excited too, Will! I am surprised that you don't have Australia as your #1...but Lionel Messi on Argentina is such a fun player to watch! ⚽
Russ

This app is the best! I used to have an ipad but it broke. When my aunt came to visit us for thanksgiving, she bought me a new one! Today we have it up and running and this was the first app I downloaded.
Sophie, Age 11
That's too cool, Sophie! Your aunt sounds awesome. And thanks for downloading NOM first! ☺️
Russ

When will Voyager 1 end its mission?
Christopher, Age 9
Hey, Christopher! Voyager 1 will run out of power in about 2025. But the craft will continue to float far into the universe!
Russ

Russ- I wanted to say "thank you" to you and the rest of the NOM staff for making interesting news. Other places can't make diamonds or dog shows or political or geographical articles interesting. This is the best news app ever!
Wynslett, Age 12
What a nice note, Wynslett! Thanks. Making fun and interesting articles for kids is what NOM is all about! πŸ˜„
Russ

I love dinosaurs, they are so cool! I wonder how long it took to find the eggs?
Caroline, Age 10
Good question, Caroline! It took about 10 years to find the eggs. Paleontologists first started looking at the fossil site in 2006! πŸ₯š πŸ₯š πŸ₯š πŸ₯š πŸ₯š
Russ

How many books have been sold of Wonder??
Mina, Age 0
There have been 5 million copies sold, Mina! It's a very popular book. πŸ“š πŸ“š πŸ“š πŸ“š
Russ

Where do you get eco-friendly glitter?
Naomi , Age 9
You can find eco-friendly glitter in many arts and crafts stores. Look for glitter that says β€œbiodegradable” or β€œplant-based.” It’s safer for the environment!
Russ

Hi! I saw my friends drawing on News-O-Matic. How do you choose who you put on the app? Also how many people send in their pictures? 😜
MagicπŸ˜œπŸ˜‹πŸΆπŸ˜ŽπŸ¦Š, Age 9
Hey! I like to choose drawings that have to do with the stories on News-O-Matic. I get more than a hundred drawings a day! It's really hard to choose between them all... πŸ€”
Russ

Hi Russ, I am Jewish. Do you think you could write an article about Hanukkah? I would really like it if you made one, I have been the only Jewish kid in my class since Pre-K. Thank you!
Dill Dill, Age 10
Hi! I am Jewish too. ☺️ Don't worry, I will definitely have a Hanukkah article soon! πŸ•Ž
Russ

Ben Simmons is not a rookie. He has been playing for two years. He missed one. He was involved in the club. Lonzo for rookie of the year. What a season. Go Lakers!!!
Patrick, Age 11
He has been on the team. But because he didn't play any games last year, the NBA still calls Simmons a rookie.
Russ

How do you guys contact people like Millie Davis & Trisia Farrelly when they are on the other side of America, or in New Zealand?
Ada, Age 11
We use the phone and the Internet! Dr. Farrelly answered our questions by email. You can see how we get our info by tapping the "Citations" button.
Russ

Why do presidents need to save a turkey every year?
Alisa, Age 8
Hi, Alisa! It's pretty silly, isn't it? But trust me - traditions like these are no joke! It's important to keep activities going. It's a reminder of our history!
Russ

Hi Russ! When I go to an article and I watch the video I already know what the article is mostly going to be about (besides reading the title)!
Xingen Zhu, Age 0
The video supports the article. But there is much more to learn by reading the words! You should do both. The title and subtitle tell a lot also.
Russ

I loved the article about the future jobs! They look amazing, I wish i can have a good job!
Jaaziel, Age 7
Hey Jaaziel! I'm excited for the future, too. Try to find new ways to use technology! That's how you prepare for tomorrow's jobs.
Russ

Hi, you're an awesome writer. One question, is your job fun?
Aidan, Age 8
Oh, it's no fun at all, Aidan. Just kidding! 🀣 I love my job! I've dreamed of doing a job like this since I was your age. It's so fun to tell stories to kids like you!
Russ

Today one of my friends said that there is a new continent under New Zealand called Zealandia, is this true? I think I heard it from my teacher once but I am not sure!πŸ˜‹πŸ€£πŸ˜‹πŸ™‚
Emma, Age 8
Hey, Emma! Your friend is right! Scientists say that Zealandia, an underwater continent, is the eighth big landmass. Earlier this year, we interviewed scientists on a boat that were studying it!
Russ

Russ, Looks like Eli Manny needs a new hobby or new NFL team.
Noah, Age 11
You may be right, Noah. Manning may sign with a new team next season. He might not be done playing yet!
Russ

Thank you SO SO much for doing a Doctor Who article! Its my favorite thing in the world currently and the 11th is my favorite doctor! I’m legitimately crying that you did an article, I’m so happy!!!
Emma, Age 11
You're so welcome, Emma! We did the Doctor Who article because kids like you were asking for it!
Russ

Hi Russ! I can't believe someone would buy a diamond for almost $32 million! These articles are sooooooo super duper interesting I want to read more! I love news o matic so much although I'm bad at social studies. News-O-Matic entertains and informs me a bunch!
Serina T, Age 9
You can always get to read new stories every weekday, Serina. If you keep reading News-O-Matic, I am sure you'll be much better in social studies!
Russ

Hi Russ! I really enjoyed the article on bitcoins. It is very cool to learn about a new type of currency that is computer based! More articles please!
Ava P, Age 10
I'm glad you liked the story, Ava. More articles coming right up! πŸ˜‰
Russ

Hi, Russ. I loved the β€œPink Promise” diamond story! It was so interesting to learn how diamonds form and how people cut them. I kept on reading and reading! It was sooo good! πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜
Jaya, Age 9
Hey, Jaya! That is really nice to hear. I also love the feeling when I can't take my eyes off an article!
Russ

Hay Russ, I found it quite interesting that almost all jobs might get taken over by robot or tech.
Rhys, Age 12
Well, not "almost all" jobs will change. But up to 72 million jobs in America. That's about one-third of jobs. That's still a lot!
Russ