Oakleaf High School is the 6th school in Florida to participate in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program. The national journalism initiative “connects middle and high school students with public media stations to produce, original, youth-focused news reports.” In total, there are around 120 schools participating in the program nationwide with 40 local partner PBS stations.
Oakleaf High School’s television production teacher, Bernice Young, directed the application process last semester after learning about the program several years ago. Young’s students recently completed their first assignment of the year with the program, which surrounded conversations about the role of quality journalism and misinformation.
“I am thrilled about Oakleaf High School’s participation in this powerful, nationally recognized program! PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs provide hands-on experience that allows students the opportunity to become college and career ready. I am honored to have teachers and staff who are passionate and determined to see students succeed,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.
According to the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Director, Elis Estrada, students will have the opportunity to create content for the national NewsHour site and the nightly broadcast, which reaches over one million viewers each night. Teachers will help program leaders develop curriculum to engage young people in news and public affairs, and ensure that the youth voice is active in the conversations about the critical issues facing the nation.
“Passionate educators are the glue that hold this program together,” said program founder Leah Clapman. “Every year we discover new ways to expand and improve SRL, with the most innovative and effective ideas coming straight from the teachers on the front lines.”
About Student Reporting Labs
Student Reporting Labs provides middle and high schools with a unique video journalism curriculum, teacher professional development, mentorship and relationships with local public media stations to produce original stories that explore how critical national issues impact communities around the country. Visit PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.
About PBS NewsHour
PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned nonprofit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, The PEW Charitable Trusts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll Foundation, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.