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PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

About PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs(SRL) is a project-based learning program focused on multi-media storytelling, community journalism and civic engagement. 

Theprogram connects middle- and high-school students with a network of public broadcasting mentors and an innovative journalism curriculum. Students work with mentors to develop digital media, critical thinking, and communication skills while producing original news reports. 

Now in more than 160 middle schools and high schools, Student Reporting Labs is a national youth journalism program and public media initiative that trains teenagers across the country to produce stories that highlight the achievements, challenges, and reality of today’s youth. The program creates transformative educational experiences through video journalism that inspire students to find their voice and engage in their communities.

How it works: 
After teachers apply to create their own Student Reporting Lab, staff will get in touch with information on how to get started using the StoryMaker platform and how to engage with the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs team.

Student Reporting Labs producers work with students on story pitches, script-writing, narration, rough cuts, and final videos. 

Students’ stories are published on the website, shared on social media, and distributed through partnerships; select projects are aired on local PBS stations and the PBS NewsHournightly broadcasts

Meet some of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs team and see how producers and mentors help create meaningful storytelling experiences for students across the country. 

Idaho Students and PBS NewsHour Student Report Labs

Idaho student journalism:

Summer Academy Fellows:



From Idaho teachers and students:

The experience has been incredible. I went to Washington, D.C., for three days to learn from PBS and SRL people. They even donated equipment to our program to make sure we were up and running. I would absolutely recommend other teachers get involved with SRL. The curriculum alone is top notch and so easy to use, but the contacts that students and I have made is something that we wouldn't have had without SRL.”

Nichole Sanford, teacher, Madison High School, Rexburg, Idaho


“My favorite part of working with SRL was getting to know people my age from other parts of the country. The other students I worked with were so nice, and they gave a lot of great advice that helped me in the story making process. Working on my first project was super fun! I loved getting to learn about the topic I was reporting. A lot of the journalism process was new to me, and I had to learn how to edit a video and do voice over. I would definitely recommend SRL to other high school students. It is a super fun way to interact with your community and school. Participating in SRL projects is a great way to put your two cents into national issues as well.”

Ruby Barrus, student and SRL journalist, Madison High School, Rexburg, Idaho

Produced by Ruby Barrus from Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho, with support from Becky Wandel.

Grace Gibbs from Madison Senior High School in Rexburg, Idaho, talks to Ashley Dredge, a teen who continues to work two part-time jobs in the time of COVID-19. 

Instruction Tools, Workshops, and More

SRL lesson plans, assignment prompts, and instruction tools facilitate project-based learning that builds critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills. Teachers are connected to theirlocal PBS station and journalism mentors within the community. 

SRL professional development workshops prepare educators for this work, and the SRL Academy brings together students from around the country to hone their skills and advance the future of journalism and public media.

Contact Us

For more information on participating in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, contact Jessica Solberg, Associate Producer, Children's Media and Education, 
or use our contact form below.