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.

Students have tackled such critical topics as:


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

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.