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Shield’s Ingrid Smith featured on award-winning PBS NewsHour Student Report Labs podcast ‘On Our Minds’

Thanks to our partnership with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, Shield reporters were not only able to attend SXSW EDU 2023 last March, but we were able to do some original reporting. Our PBS SRL colleagues gave co-news editor and co-online managing editor Ingrid Smith the assignment to interview U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and illustrator Michaela Goade about their new children’s bookRemember.

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Cambodian refugee’s restaurant provides space to heal and celebrate culture

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and our Student Reporting Labs explored how food is tied to culture and identity. Student reporter Sandeep Brijesh Pillai of the Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering in Hillsboro, Oregon, found one Cambodian refugee whose restaurant helps him heal from his tragic family history and provides a space to share his culture.

PBS NewsHour

41% of surveyed LGBTQ+ youth considered suicide in the past year

As conservative lawmakers push anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, new data from The Trevor Project underscores the mental toll on LGBTQ+ youth. We hear from young people around the country about the challenges they face and their hopes, and John Yang speaks with Dr. Jack Turban, assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, to learn more.

PBS NewsHour

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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