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PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Student Reporting Labs connect students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports.

Student Reporting Labs are open to all middle and high schools.

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs initiative is building the next generation of public media producers and participants.

Through a unique video journalism curriculum, teacher training, and mentorship, teenagers produce youth-focused stories that reveal how global issues affect local communities.  

Students engage in a powerful form of journalistic inquiry, media production, and student-centered learning that builds critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, information, and communication skills.

By helping students discover their voice and providing opportunities to reach millions of people via PBS NewsHour and Alabama Public Television (APT) broadcast and digital platforms, the program inspires youth to speak up and be part of the solution.

SRL provides teachers with:

  • News literacy, journalism and digital media lesson plans and video production tutorials
  • NewsHour and APT mentors who provide coaching and constructive feedback
  • Job-ready digital credentials for college applications, resumes and social media

Student Reporting Labs build lifelong learning skills that translate to other areas of life, both academic and personal, and has been shown to boost intellectual curiosity and shift teen attitudes away from apathy about the news towards active civic engagement.

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