How teen journalists are covering and talking about politics in 2020
Hundreds of federal, state and local elections are taking place in 2020 with candidates up and down the ballot vying for votes, including the 22 million eligible voters of Generation Z.
Through Student Reporting Labs’ signature youth media curriculum, professional coaching, and connections to the PBS NewsHour and local PBS stations, middle and high school students across the country engaged in local and national politics by producing stories and media seen by millions.
Take a look at how student journalists have been covering elections and civic engagement in America.
Election Explainers and Resources
- How do you vote by mail?
- How do you vote early?
- Voting on election day
- Election Journalism Toolkit Highlights:
- Let’s Talk About Election 2020 Youth Media Challenge
Local student-produced or co-produced stories with SRL youth media producers
- Cedar Crest High School, Pennsylvania – Teacher to student: What are the issues that are important to you in this election?
- Westwood High School, Texas – How can I find good and true information? One teacher has some advice.
- Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Utah – Speaking with Trump and Biden supporters outside of the 2020 vice presidential debate
- Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Utah – Covering the vice presidential debate: A plea for civility
- Herbert Hoover High School, Iowa – Why America needs Raygun: How a local clothing store became a haven for political expression
- Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Utah – Teacher regrets voting for pro wrestler Jesse Ventura
- W.B. Saul High School, Pennsylvania – My grandmother was not allowed to vote, and made sure I knew it was my civic duty
- Homegrown Fellows, DC Metro Area – Two teens find friendship despite deep political differences
- Wauwatosa East High School, Wisconsin – Follow this 17-year-old election poll worker during Wisconsin’s primary
- TC Williams High School, Virginia – How does the NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff prepare for a Presidential Debate?
- Oakland Military Institute, California –My grandmother became a civil rights activist as a teen, this is why we must continue her fight
- Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas – Election restores local control to Little Rock schools
- Howar Middle School, Iowa – Iowa’s Rep. Loebsack on getting involved in politics at a young age
- Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia – Why this college freshman might be the governor of Georgia someday
Students across the country react to #Election2020
- Who should I vote for?
- What does democracy mean to you?
- Instagram Takeover: My Voting Story
- Instagram Takeover: VP Debate
- Instagram Takeover: #Election2020
- Instagram Takeover: Super Tuesday
- Instagram Takeover: NH Primary
- America’s young people weigh in on the 2020 election
- Michela Miller on her excitement about voting for the first time
- Onivid Garzon: I hate not being able to change a corrupt system
- Gen Z: Everything that we do is what’s going to become the future of this country
- How to engage with the political process outside of voting if you’re under 18
- We’re inheriting a “messed up” world
- Students react to RBG’s death
- Youth Voice, Youth Choice on #SuperTuesday
- Here’s what young Iowans had to say about the #IowaCaucus
- Young voters on the political issues they care about most
- SRL students go behind the scenes of the NewsHour POLITICO #DemDebate
- READ: Gen Z front and center at #DemDebate hosted by NewsHour and POLITICO
Face the Facts: #Election2020 Youth Town Hall
- Is Gen Z prepared for the 2020 election?
- Teens discuss the future of democracy with NBC’s Savannah Sellers
- Gen Z media creators share their best voting advice
- Young fact-checking experts show you how to tell fact from fiction online
- How does Gen Z vote? Election experts weigh in
- Leading journalists discuss #Election2020, misinformation, & the news
- Watch the entire Face the Facts: #Election2020 Youth Town Hall event
#PasstheBallot Digital Series
Coverage of the 2020 Republican and Democratic National Conventions
- Young GOP alternate delegate on joining the Republican Party
- Young GOP alternate delegate on father’s influence to enter politics
- Joe Biden’s youngest delegate on getting involved in politics
- DNC delegate Rachel Gonzalez on how this year’s virtual convention will be different