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 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.

In the past two years, students have tackled such critical topics as:

Limitless – breaking the bounds of disabilities

New Americans – immigration, migration and identity

Outside the Box – young people challenging gender stereotypes

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

Letters to the Next President

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

On the SRL Website, you’ll find:

  • 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 and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

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

Student Reporting Labs Staff:

Leah Clapman – Managing Editor

Elis Estrada – Director

Jordan Vesey – Associate Producer

Victor Fernandez – Video Editor

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich – Associate Producer

William Swift – STEM Coordinating Producer

Kristy Choi – Production Assistant 



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