Making Sense of Coronavirus

Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making

With many schools closing and teaching moving online, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs has created a special unit that covers the basics of local community journalism, storytelling, scripting, and video editing. These are tough times for everyone, and your stories will add a uniquely-critical perspective to coronavirus coverage. SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE.

SRL also hosted a webinar via Zoom, discussing the unit while answering questions from educators across the country. We are also offering daily office hours from 11 am – 12 pm ET through Zoom with the SRL Team to teachers and students interested in virtually connecting. You can take advantage of this time to ask for help, talk through story ideas, troubleshoot audiovisual needs, brainstorm lesson plans, or just hang out and chat about how you’re doing. SIGN UP HERE.

Producer Jennie Butler of NowThis and Andrew James Benson of Inquire Films shared some secrets about conducting a successful remote interview with SRL. Watch The Art of the Remote Interview Webinar here, co-hosted by The Video Consortium.

Find yourself turning online to get information on COVID-19? Watch as Becky Wandel shares some fact-checking tips to make sure you’re getting the best and most accurate information.

Visit SRL’s Coronavirus Glossary here.

  • How to start a new job during the pandemic

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  • Pawtucket soup kitchen feeds most vulnerable during coronavirus pandemic

    Suffolk University

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  • Teens examine how COVID-19 is highlighting urban inequities and rural vulnerabilities

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  • Bringing light to stories of underrepresented communities during the pandemic

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  • Exploring the economic impact of COVID19

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  • How the pandemic is magnifying mental health issues

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  • High School senior talks about not being able to make memories during the last year of high school

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  • Florida teen learns to make positive lifestyle changes during COVID-19

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  • Hawaii salon owner describes impact of Coronavirus on business

    Kauai High School

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  • SPCA alleviates pet concerns during Coronavirus pandemic

    Suffolk University

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  • Go and Grow helps low income students learn about the environment while at home

    Frederick V. Pankow Center

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  • Students organize drive-by parade for “special” students

    Suffolk University

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  • Massachusetts church is providing meals to those affected by pandemic

    Suffolk University

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  • Homebound reporters continue to report during pandemic

    Suffolk University

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  • Will the Coronavirus pandemic cancel summer on Cape Cod?

    Suffolk University

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  • South Florida students discuss mental health effects of social distancing

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  • How teens are coping with #COVID19

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  • “I’m most worried for the medical professionals…especially my father.”

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  • Mercy High School students on how the Coronavirus is affecting them

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  • High school student McKenna Aldach on distance learning, working at Walmart

    Black River Falls High School

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  • Canyon High School students react to the Coronavirus

    Canyon High School

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  • Senior year was “taken away from us”

    West Ranch High School

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  • Students from Hawaii share their thoughts on #Coronavirus

    Maui Waena Intermediate School

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  • US should enact Italy’s restrictive rules on Coronavirus, says Italian student

    Palo Verde Magnet High School

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  • Students react to news about coronavirus

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