PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Apr 3, 2018

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is a project-based learning program that supports teachers and young people as they report on important issues in their community, creating impactful video journalism to share online and with the national PBS NewsHour. Created for middle and high school students, the project connects students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports.

By giving them a voice and the opportunity to reach millions of people via the PBS NewsHour broadcast and digital platforms, the program inspires youth to speak up and be part of the solution. Visit the Site.

The Curriculum

Along with technical instruction on the use of cameras and editing equipment, Student Reporting Labs lesson plans focus on understanding the role of journalism in society and developing broader communication skills, including listening, asking questions, teamwork and public speaking. Ten flexible lessons are available on the site that can be used in the context of courses in English, social studies, or video production classes and include critical thinking, analysis and production activities. Each lesson is designed for a 50-minute class with engaging high-interest activities. Topics include:

  • What is Newsworthy?
  • What Makes a Good Video Report?
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Copyright & Fair Use
  • Broadcast News
  • Finding Story Ideas
  • Interviewing: The Art of Asking Questions
  • Facts vs. Opinions vs. Informed Opinions and their Role in Journalism
  • Production
  • Team Work and Planning

Video Tutorials

View Student Reports

Past student reports have tackled such critical topics as:

Visit the website to view student reports, access the free curriculum and resources, and find out how your school can apply to become a lab.