Student reporters honored as #NextGen public media producers

What do an eighth grade news anchor from Newark, N.J., a three-time student Emmy winner from Michigan and Montana’s Journalist of the Year scholarship winner all have in common? These students, along with eight other youth journalists from across the country, are this year’s PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars.


The nomination process included teachers and peers, who submitted videos outlining the All-Stars’ contributions to journalism and public media. Students participating in Student Reporting Labs program work with public media mentors from their local stations to produce original news reports. Their work is featured on the national Reporting Labs website, the NewsHour’s Rundown and broadcast.

NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow believes it is important for public media outlets to support young journalists.

“I want them to deliver the kind of quality that we encourage today – journalism that makes people better informed citizens of the world,” she said.

Student Reporting Labs is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that is helping local communities keep more students on the path to a high school diploma, college and successful careers.