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Meet John Barnes | Filmmaker & Journalist

My friends and family have always told me that I’m a “go-getter”. Growing up, I didn’t really understand what they meant by the term. Now, I realize my success in journalism and the film industry has come from carving my own path and this “go-getter” factor. For example, I attended the 2023 Sundance Film Festival this past January as a journalist for PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.

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Teen Journalism Challenge Winners Speak to A Moment of Change in Education

To give more students an opportunity to learn by reporting on important issues in their communities, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL), in partnership with WETA Well Beings campaign, teamed up with the XQ Institute to launch a nationwide journalism challenge for teens in the fall of 2022. Student Reporting Labs conducted the challenge, drawing on its vast experience working with student journalists, including a Well Beings series on mental health during the pandemic. XQ sponsored the challenge because its mission—to redesign high schools so all students graduate ready for college and careers—relies heavily on giving students a greater voice in their education.


A student offers his take on the promise and perils of ChatGPT

New developments in artificial intelligence are making some educators wary of how technology will transform school assignments and learning. The new artificial intelligence, or AI, tool from OpenAI, ChatGPT, has the ability to generate text with different, lifelike human voices and tone, depending on what you ask it, allowing anyone to produce essays, scripts or even poetry without offering more than an initial basic prompt. The ChatGPT algorithm so accurately captures different writing genres that it has even been able to pass business and law school exams.

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