PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs: Cedar Ridge High School

With the election right around the corner, students from Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, TX have created videos for PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs with support from KLRU, talking about the issues that matter to them.

This election season, the Student Reporting Labs network of more than 100 schools across the country asked middle and high school students to talk to the next president about the issues they feel need to be addressed.

KLRU is also working with Austin, Eastside, Lanier, Pflugerville, and Manor High School.

In this video, students want the next president to make the American dream more accessible to people of color.

Michael Lobsenz wants the next president to enforce gun-free zones in schools.

Outside the Box: Teens challenge gender stereotypes

Outside the Box, a collection of stories that profile teens challenging gender stereotypes, is available to watch online now! The stories were made by the NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. This series introduces viewers to Shantell, the 16-year-old commanding officer of her high school’s JROTC program. We discover Zack’s passion for designing clothes, which ultimately lands the teen a spot on “Project Runway Junior.” And we get to know youth like Semra and D.J., who by exploring their identities challenge those around them to think #outsidethebox. Watch all the Outside the Box videos now.

Two videos were produced by area schools as part of KLRU’s work with the NewsHour Student Reporting Lab.

Fix all of it from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Luisa Garcia and Karen Lopez, students at Manor High School in Manor, Texas.

What’s it like to be a female mechanic? Sofia Rodriguez is an 18-year-old Texas native who currently works at both Jiffy Lube and Dynamic Motor Repair. Working in a male-dominated field can be challenging, however, Sofia says, “bring it on.”

Gamemaker from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Patrick Cadet, Isaiah Cavanaugh, Andrew Duncan, Alyssa San Miguel, Ashley Tamez, students at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas.

Despite what many people assume because of her gender, Jazsmin Burton enjoys coding and wants to study game design in college so she can develop games herself.

Student Reporting Labs Gets New Focus On STEM

KLRU and PBS NewsHour are working together in community schools to build the next generation of journalists.

Students at Pflugerville High School produced stories about local farms, studying abroad and immigration as part of the Student Reporting Labs program. They learned journalism ethics, how to personalize big national issues and why balanced, in-depth reporting is important.

These budding young journalists participated in webcasts with professional public media journalists, learned to use professional equipment, interviewed experts and change makers in the community and written scripts and produced stories for NewsHour’s website – and even the national broadcast. Since the program began, 28 stories by middle school and high school students across the country have been broadcast on the NewsHour.

This year, the Student Reporting Labs program will add a new STEM reporting focus with funding from the National Science Foundation. STEM – which stands for science, technology, engineering and math – helps students understand the world around us, tackle huge problems like water scarcity and climate change and develop the skills that are becoming more and more important to the global economy.

As part of the project, NewsHour’s research partner is conducting a study of attitudes toward science journalism. Please take this five-minute survey and let @reportinglabs know what you think!

You can help bring more journalism education programs to our community by taking a quick survey. Your time will help the NewsHour and KLRU build the next generation of public media producers and STEM-savvy citizens.