SRL’s First Winter Academy: Meet the Fellows

13 students from across the country will travel to spend five days training and producing stories in Austin with the Student Reporting Labs team for the first-ever SRL Winter Academy this December, in collaboration with Austin PBS. Working in teams with SRL staff and educators, fellows will produce original video news reports on music and performance in the Austin area, learning from professional producers and journalists along the way. The training will culminate in a screening at Austin PBS (RSVP here if you’re in the area!)

“We are so excited to bring this new opportunity to young storytellers from across the nation and create a memorable and enlightening experience for this group of students,” said Victor Fernandez, SRL’s Director of Youth Media Programs.

Along with hands-on training, fellows will get to know and learn from other students from a wide range of backgrounds and a shared interest in building their reporting and production skills. This event is made possible by the Google News Initiative.

Meet the fellows below:

Name: Ana Sofia Contreras

Grade: Sophomore 

School: Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering 

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon

Local Station: KOPB-TV (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland)

Name: Aron Sanchez

Grade: Senior

School: Brentwood High School  

Location: Brentwood, New York

Local Station: Thirteen PBS

Name: Desha Madhavan

Grade: Sophomore

School: Dominion High School  

Location: Sterling, Virginia

Local Station: WETA

Name: Jaylin Lilly

Grade: Senior 

School: York Suburban Senior High School 

Location: York, Pennsylvania

Local Station: WITF

Name: Jordan Fabirkiewicz

Grade: Senior 

School: Fraser High School  

Location: Fraser, Michigan

Local Station: Detroit Public Television

Name: Journey Love Star Taylor

Grade: Junior 

School: Wauwatosa West High School 

Location: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Local Station: PBS Wisconsin

Name: Layla Benoit

Grade: Junior

School: College Street Vocational Center 

Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local Station: KLTL

Name: Macayla Ramsey

Grade: Junior

School: Cass Technical High School 

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Local Station: Detroit Public Television

Name: Maggie LeBeau

Grade: Senior

School: Glenbard East High School

Location: Lombard, Illinois

Local Station: WTTW-11

Name: Marcos Mendez

Grade: Junior 

School: Kipp Legacy High School 

Location: Kansas City, Missouri 

Local Station: KCPT

Name: Marshal Smith

Grade: Sophomore

School: Caesar Rodney High School 

Location: Camden, Delaware

Local Station: WHYY

Name: Natalie Erzal

Grade: Junior

School: Rouse High School 

Location: Leander, Texas

Local Station: Austin PBS

Name: Olivia Brandeis

Grade: Junior

School: Monte Vista High School

Location: Danville, California

Local Station: KQED