1. Leah Clapman
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/leahclapman
  3. Managing Editor, Education
  5. PBS NewsHour
  1. William Swift
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-swift-pmp-36775b6/
  3. Coordinating Producer. PBS NewsHour STEM and Health Student Reporting Labs
  5. PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

NSF Awards: 1503315

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Student Reporting Labs are thoughtful knowledge- and skills-building journeys of team-based learning through researching, developing, and reporting original videojournalism segments from student perspectives. Launched in 2009 in six schools, the program has now engaged over 15,000 students in more than 150 schools in 46 states. In an era of polarization and mistrust, SRL student newsrooms are places of collaboration, empowerment, idea exchange, and respect for multiple perspectives in the context of efforts to understand complex phenomena impacting society and search for truth. Of the current sites, 25 are designated STEM Student Reporting Labs, wherein the curriculum is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards and teachers have access to inspiring and diverse STEM professionals. STEM SRL features a curriculum that integrates video journalism, STEM reasoning, and STEM prompts, and gives participating classrooms access to STEM and journalism mentors, film festival templates, and an opt-in teacher community – with the heavy operational and mentoring involvement of NewsHour’s SRL team. Students develop an understanding of how science works in public policy as well as how it relates to their daily lives. While there are several other high quality news literacy and youth media platforms/services/approaches (many are our partners),  SRL is the only one that focuses on student production of ambitious news stories for an authentic audience tied to a national news organization, and includes a dedicated STEM journalism strand

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