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SRL transforms classrooms into newsrooms to produce youth-focused stories on important issues with a civic purpose.

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

USA
SRL is a project-based learning program that uses a powerful form of journalistic inquiry, media production and local-national mentorship to build critical thinking, problem-solving, information and communication skills. Students discover their voice and have the opportunity to reach millions of people via PBS NewsHour broadcast and digital platforms.
Introduction

The world needs journalists who seek the truth, now more than ever

“I still have to pinch myself when I think of how I fell into this program. This is the most engaging educational program in the country. What else gives students a chance to research, collaborate, problem solve, create, write, speak, all for an authentic audience of the highest caliber? ”

Mike Conrad, teacher, Michigan

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs initiative is building the next generation of public media with a unique digital journalism curriculum, local PBS station mentors and the opportunity to tell important community stories to the world.

The program creates transformational education experiences for middle and high school students in classrooms and after-school environments. Students engage in a powerful form of journalistic inquiry, media production and student-centered learning that build critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, news literacy and communication skills.

By giving them a voice and the opportunity to reach millions of people via the PBS NewsHour broadcast and digital platforms, the program inspires youth to speak up and be part of the solution.

 

  • Next generation of public media storytellers > future journalists 

 

  • Grow public broadcasting system capacity for youth engagement and community journalism > expand and diversify the audience 

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  • Engage young people with the news > civic mission 

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  • New education experience: project-based, real world, connected to community issues, job skills, 21st century skills, STEM inquiry-based learning > energize teaching and rethink learning opportunities
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Innovation Overview
11 - 18
Age Group
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Children/Users
1
Country
2009
Established
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Organisation
610
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Innovativeness

Students discover their voice, have the opportunity to reach millions of people and learn valuable skills via PBS NewsHour broadcast and digital platforms through a community-infused curriculum.

Impact

This programme engages young people with the news on a civic mission, creating a new education experience: project-based, real world, connected to community issues, job skills, 21st century skills, STEM inquiry-based learning to energize teaching and rethink learning opportunities. This programme also grows a public broadcasting system capacity for youth engagement and community journalism, which expands and diversifies the audience.

Scalability

Currently being used in 130 schools, will grow to 160 next year with a toolkit to share the innovation for anyone around the world to do PBS.

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2016-2017 SRL Highlights
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01
Apply to be a Student Reporting Lab
The first step is to fill out SRL's online application. Even if you are not ready to build an entire program, get in touch and let us know why you are interested in our journalism movement.
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View youth produced-content to inspire your own storytelling
Visit our website and special series to see students in the United States tackle tough topics such as race and justice, breaking gender stereotypes, life with disabilities, immigration and identity, concussions in youth football, STEM in National Parks, letters to the next president, school safety
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Use our LEVEL UP video-making tutorials
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