Student Reporting Labs Debuts Digital Series on Misinformation

MoT_Type Lockup FullArlington, Va.—Student Reporting Labs (SRL), a youth media initiative of the PBS NewsHour, today launched Moments of Truth, an all-new digital series exploring misinformation and showcasing intergenerational conversations about facts, information, and truth.

The first two episodes showcase young people talking with older generations about their journeys through conspiracy theories and back, while the third episode delves into the pervasive misinformation that seeps into ethnic minority communities.

“With misinformation proliferating at such a fast rate, and with such profound consequences, it’s important to practice strategies to confront it, especially with people you care about. This series models conversations with respect and curiosity to help young people feel empowered to engage with older generations,” said Leah Clapman, SRL executive director.

Episode one, ‘Why I thought the MR vaccine would give my child autism’ features a conversation between a mother and child about the mother’s fear of a common pediatric vaccine.

Episode two, ‘How the flat Earth theory pushed me over the edge’ explores how one woman deconstructed her own false beliefs. 

Episode three, ‘This organization was created to fact check misinformation in the Vietnamese American community,’ covers misinformation in ethnic, minority communities and how to combat the falsehoods that ripple across them.

Part of the Google News Initiative, SRL will produce more episodes in the coming months. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please fill out our form.


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Media Contacts:

Nick Massella, PBS NewsHour Executive Director, Communications, 

Marcus Markle, SRL Senior Communications Manager,