How The Labs Work

Each Student Reporting Lab is different, but the basic model is the same.  The PBS NewsHour identifies local stations and teachers who want to participate.  Once we have agreed on a set of goals, expectations, timelines and other details, we formalize the relationship with a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

The PBS NewsHour sends out a welcome packet with the curriculum, b-roll, deadlines, release forms etc.  Teachers and students are trained to use the Open Atrium collaborative platform so that they can post scripts and rough-cuts to the site and get feedback from mentors and other students across the country.  We schedule regular monthly conference calls and work with an evaluator to be sure that feedback is maximized and the model improves as the project move along.  At the end of the semester, the PBS NewsHour provides certificates to the students who completed their reports and publishes the work that best reflects the standards and goals of the project.

If you are interested in becoming a Student Reporting Lab, click here.  If you would like more information on how you can support the Labs, click here.  And of course feel free to use the curriculum and resources to support your own journalism efforts: we believe that thoughtful, well-grounded reporting is one of the most powerful forms of learning and this site seeks to nurture such experiences for young people wherever and whenever possible.