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Student Reporting Labs with the PBS NewsHour

Southern Oregon PBS has partnered with several local schools to offer a Student Reporting Lab course, which teaches students vital journalism and video skills.

What is a Student Reporting Lab?

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) are classes hosted at local schools during regular school hours that teach field production skills for broadcast news. The innovative video/journalism curriculum offers mentoring by SO PBS Education Coordinator Ben Garcia, as well as local teachers and the SRL NewsHour Staff. This course elevates student voices by giving them the opportunity to have their work published on the PBS NewsHour national website, and even possibly broadcast during the NewsHour.

What are the benefits of a Student Reporting Lab?

The SRL programs develop a range life skills in students, such as critical thinking, teamwork, and collaboration. Students who complete the course demonstrate increases in their media literacy analysis skills and have a less apathetic view of news and journalism. Students also gain an increased interest in civic engagement activities particularly ones that are digital and collaborative, as well as commitment to volunteering and problem solving.

How does Student Reporting Labs happen in Southern Oregon?

In Southern Oregon, SRL engages students in schools and at the TV station. Southern Oregon PBS has partnered with several local schools to offer a Student Reporting Lab course, which teaches students vital journalism and video skills. High level students, who have finished a year of SRL in schools and show great interest in video-journalism, are invited to join the SRL club which meets three days a week at SO PBS. These students are engaged by staff at the station in the production of videos that relate to important local issues or events.

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What's Student Reporting Labs & how's SO PBS involved?

In 90 seconds this video describes what Student Reporting Labs is and also how it works here in Southern Oregon with local schools partnered with SO PBS.

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Almeda Fire Recovery 2022 - SO PBS SRL Club

The Almeda Fire ripped through two towns in Southern Oregon (Phoenix-Talent) on September 9th, displacing many families with school age children. Phoenix-Talent Schools (PTS) lost more than 700 students due to displacement and have partnered with the cities of Talent, Phoenix, and various community organizations to try to bring back many of these families and their students. This digital news short, produced by fire affected student reporters at SO PBS, investigates the status of fire recovery, especially as it relates to displaced students and families, in 2022 nearly two years after the fire.

Student Video Production Portfolio

See examples of videos created by SO PBS SRL students.

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What would your 2020 time capsule have in it?

In this student report, student reporting labs reporter Diego Duarte-Chavez gets his families perspective on what they would include in a time capsule that contains items from the year 2020. Please like this video and hit the subscribe button. 

Diego Duarte-Chavez began taking Hedrick Middle School's Video Production course last school year. This class teaches the PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting L

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Diego - Student Reporting Labs Video Assignment #1

Via Diego's Hedrick Middle School's Student Reporting Labs class (partnerships with SO PBS and PBS NEWSHOUR SRL) he completed this video assignment about stereotypes and misconceptions.