About the Student Reporting Labs

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

By giving youth 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.

Students have tackled such critical topics as:


Turning Out: The Youth Vote – Teen reporters from the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs across the country captured how teens feel about voting and the upcoming midterm elections.


Power in Numbers – Youth social movements Across America

Engineering Our World – STEM stories on how engineering is reshaping our lives

Health Innovators – STEM stories on how health care innovators are redefining what it means to be “healthy”

Making it Work – Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Jobs

Misinformation Overload –Teens reveal impact and perceptions of misinformation


America the Beautiful – STEM stories from national parks around the country

Limitless – Breaking the bounds of disabilities

New Americans – Immigration, migration and identity

Letters to the Next President


Outside the Box – Young people challenging gender stereotypes

Crossing the Divide – How young people see tensions in their own


Road to Graduation – Challenges facing high school students

The New Safe – How the concept of school safety has changed since Newtown

Athletes as Role Models – Student journalists react to domestic abuse scandals in NFL  

SRL On Ferguson – Teens reflect on Ferguson unrest


Our very first series was Tough Calls … concussion awareness in youth sports programs

SRL achieves student and community growth through:

  • News literacy/digital media curriculum focused on storytelling and citizenship
  • Mentoring model that matches youth with media professionals
  • Job-ready digital credentials for college applications, resumes and social media

Student Reporting Labs builds 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.

Think. Create. Inform. from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.


The Reporting Labs were made possible by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award, the MacArthur Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation.

If you are interested in supporting the Labs, please use our contact page. 

Student Reporting Labs Staff:

Leah Clapman – Managing Editor

Elis Estrada – Director

Victor Fernandez – Video Editor & Program Manager

William Swift – STEM Coordinating Producer

Briget Ganske – Producer  & Program Manager

Kristy Choi – Associate Producer  & Program Manager

Rawan Elbaba – Digital Associate Producer

Adriana Gallegos – Community Engagement Strategist


Watch Reporting Labs Participants Reflect on Experience on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.