How YOU can participate in SRL’s first-ever Youth Debate Watch Party

We’re gearing up for our first-ever Youth Media Watch Party for the Democratic debate hosted by PBS NewsHour and POLITICO in Los Angeles, California. On Thursday, December 19, we will be streaming the debate LIVE on our website, along with a post-debate panel discussion with young voters moderated by Univision’s… Read More

Remembering Gwen: Letters by Gwen Ifill fellows

When Gwen Ifill was named the co-anchor of the PBS NewsHour in 2013, she said she hoped little girls would watch her and think it “perfectly normal” to occupy an anchor’s desk someday. Her death in 2016 was a shock in so many ways, but the loss was felt… Read More

Why on-screen representation matters, according to these teens

Why does representation in pop culture matter? For some young students, portrayals of minorities in the media not only affect how others see them, but it affects how they see themselves. “I do think it’s powerful for people of a minority race to be represented in pop culture to… Read More

Apply for the SRL Homegrown Fellowship!

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Homegrown Fellowship gives students in the Washington D.C. Metro area an opportunity to make professional-quality videos while developing their journalism and video production skills and connecting with other students who are passionate about storytelling.  Read More

Why am I seeing this? How SRL tackled #MediaLitWk

The fifth annual U.S. Media Literacy Week kicked off on October 21, 2019 and we celebrated the entire week with tips, tricks, and tools for students and educators. SRL partnered with NAMLE for a media literacy-packed event in Detroit, featuring an SRL student panel moderated by Emmy… Read More

Celebrating 10 years of Student Reporting Labs!

In 2009, Managing Editor of Education, Leah Clapman founded PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs as a way to educate and engage young people in the news and public media. Over the last ten years, SRL has grown from an initial six schools and six partner stations to more… Read More

SRL teams up with Snapchat and MediaWise

Earlier this year,  a news article from the Atlantic revealed that Instagram is the “Internet’s new home for hate.” Viral conspiracy theories, hoaxes, and misinformation are thriving on one of the most popular platforms for teens. So how can student reporters help other… Read More

Founder’s Note: Student Reporting Labs at 10

By SRL Founder, Leah Clapman September 2019 “How can we get more teenagers to care about the news?” That’s the question that led to a sketch on a cocktail napkin connecting students to local public media stations, to the PBS NewsHour.  Growing up, we tuned… Read More