Two Central Texas students are among 20 middle and high school students chosen to be part of the annual PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.
Mercedes Ezeji from Pflugerville High School and Cesar Haros from Cedar Ridge High School will work alongside public media mentors to produce original digital content and sharpen their journalism and production skills. They will also help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people with the news and current affairs and ensure that diverse youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation.
During the 2015-2016 school year, these young journalists have reported on how their peers view racial tensions in their own communities and how young people are breaking down gender stereotypes, contributing to the NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms.
Student Reporting Labs is a part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a public media initiative helping communities improve education opportunities for all students and build the next generation of skilled graduates, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Student Reporting Labs STEM strand is supported by the National Science Foundation.