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.