2020-2021 Projects

Every year, Student Reporting Labs (SRL) creates different projects for students in our network to create video stories about topics tied to national and newsworthy issues. Labs in SRL’s community use the project instructions and guidelines to submit work to our team of youth media producers for publication.

Now any school, teacher and student can use our newest projects and curriculum to practice essential video journalism and production skills. The projects include deadlines, but educators can create their own timelines and deadlines.

You may submit student work for SRL and the PBS NewsHour to consider for publication by following the submission instructions in each project. If SRL chooses your story for publication, a producer will be in touch with you.


“Back to School” Student Reporting Modules:


“Let’s Talk About Election 2020” Youth Media Challenge:

SRL partnered with KQED and the National Writing Project on this national youth media initiative. Students create and publish audio or video commentaries addressing real topics from immigration to climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic and more.


“Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making” Unit:

In spring 2020, SRL created this resource packet broken up into different pathways that students through the steps necessary to tell stories about the coronavirus’ impact on you, your family and community. The different options were created to accommodate different levels of difficulty, time-considerations, interest and available resources.


2020-2021 SRL Projects By Type and Skill Level

Rapid Responses:

Skill Level: Beginner

Students practice basic interview & production skills 

  • Back to School Video Diary: Students record a short personal vlog-style video to cover how school is reopening in their community during the pandemic. A written essay is another option.
  • Our #Election2020: Student journalists will find out how young people feel about our democracy: its fairness, its faults, and how they’d like to see it operate if they were in charge.

Fall Projects:

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Students practice interview, b-roll and editing skills


Winter Projects:

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Students practice full suite of storytelling skills – pre-production, production, post, to create a 3-5 minute video news story or package

  • Education During a Pandemic: Students explore ways the pandemic has changed education by producing a 2-5 minute news story with interviews, b-roll, and/or voiceover narration. 
  • Justice For All: Students explore justice in their own community, and use solutions journalism to produce a story about how people are working to create “justice for all.”
  • Mental Health Podcast: Students learn how to make their own podcast episode, resulting in an audio story about a young person and their experience with mental health.