SCOTUS Decision: America's Youth Speak Out
Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C.
The Supreme Court ruled today to uphold the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, informally nicknamed "Obamacare". NewsHour Extra scoured the crowds at the Supreme Court building to talk to students about the ruling.
"A Step in the Right Direction": Maryland Student Reflects on DREAM Act
President Obama’s administration announced they will stop deporting and grant work permits to nearly 1 million immigrants who are eligible for the controversial DREAM Act. In 2010, Gomes himself faced deportation, but was granted a reprieve from the government that has allowed him to remain in the United States.
"Joplin was able to rise from the ashes because of help from everyone. And I am eternally grateful to anyone who made that possible."
MaKenzie, Joplin High School
At least 161 people are killed and hundreds more injured as a three-quarter-mile-wide tornado hits Joplin, Mo. The tornado is among the deadliest in the nation's history, destroying nearly a third of the city and damaging about 2,000 buildings.
Youth Reporters Win Student Emmy for News Report
Fraser High School, Fraser, Mich.
Youth journalists at Fraser High School, a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab in Fraser, Mich., were honored with a student Emmy from The Board of Governors of the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Serious News for their report on why kids drop out of school.
Teen Reporter Investigates Cyberbullying
Amy, Age 17
Bullying through online platforms - known as cyberbullying - has gained increased national attention recently. Amy, a participant in the PBS Student Reporting Labs, reported on the issue for her school newspaper and shares tips to keep her and her peers safe online.
Act Like a Pro: A Student's Response to Gingrich
Victoria Riley, 11th grader
Late last year, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, that children in poor neighborhoods have “no habits of working and nobody around them who works.” Upon hearing Gingrich's comments, Victoria Riley composed a rebuttal and presented it at a symposium of Catholic school work.
Maryland Teen Stands Behind School Food Bill
Meredith, John F. Kennedy High School
The Obama administration is working on setting nutritional standards for foods that students can buy outside the cafeteria. The proposed rules are expected to be released within the next few weeks.
Racing Helps Teen Driver Set High Goals
Josh, Age 18
At the age of 12, Josh Hobson was already driving at more than 70 miles per hour. Today, the 18-year-old takes stock cars around a track at top speeds against some of the best drivers in the country.
Volunteering? There's an App for That!
Lance, Age 15
The Opp-App is a mobile application that links users to volunteer opportunities in their communities, developed by Oppenheim's older sisters in 2004. He is now president of the organiztion and oversees it with a team of fellow students.
Should Parents Control Curriculum? Students React
Alicia, Thatcher & Nolan, Concord High School
The New Hampshire legislature recently passed HB 542, a law that grants parents the power to object to any school course material, requires school districts to devise an alternative lesson plan, and doesn't require parents to offer an explanation for the curriculum change they are demanding.
'Photography and Journalism Have Made Me a Different Person' Says Student
De'Quonton, 8th grade
De’Qonton, an eighth grader at John Hopkins who participates in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs project, writes how journalism has made a difference in his life and in his schoolwork.
Student Thankful for Values Instilled by Community
Katie, Schoharie High School
Katie and other students from around the country who have been affected by natural disasters this year share what they're thankful for this holiday season. In August, Hurricane Irene ravaged homes and businesses from North Carolina to New England including Katie's hometown of Schoharie, N.Y.
Young Author Takes On Literary Challenge
Eva, age 17
Eva is one of thousands of students participating in NaNoWriMo, an annual literary marathon that kicks off Nov.1 and ends midnight, Nov. 30. Participants are challenged to compose a 175-page or 50,000-word novel in the given period, while managing the responsibilities of daily life.
Youth Profiles from Zuccotti Park
People's Production House and Newsmotion
Youth reporters and photographers at People's Production House and Newsmotion ventured into New York City's Zuccotti Park for PBS NewsHour Extra and interviewed young people participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Young Entrepreneur Changes Lives One Story at a Time
Vanderbilt University student and entreprenuer Trevor is the co-founder and CEO of Teach Twice, a social venture that educates children and their communities through stories and the exchange of culture.
Youth reflect on the memories and legacy of
September 11, 2001
Millenial Youth reporters Salman, Allegra, Andrew and Emily
Students reporters from Millenial Youth Magazine voice their thoughts about the terroist attacks that left a mark on their generation.
Cleveland Students Reflect on Visit to MLK Memorial
Markell, Christopher, George and La'Dale
Forty-three students traveled from Cleveland, Ohio to Washington D.C. to visit the memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Even though the dedication ceremony for the memorial was postponed due to Hurricane Irene, the students' spirits remained high.
Student Leader Shares Cultural Insight
Lesley is one of 24 students in the 2010-2011 Howard University Freshman Leadership Academy class who spent nine days learning Chinese history, culture and language.
Changing the World: One Idea at a Time
Ashoka's Youth Venture
Meet the top winners in the "Technology 4 a Better World" campaign by Ashoka’s Youth Venture, a global organization supporting youth social entrepreneurs, and electronic retailer, Best Buy. Winners traveled to Washington D.C. to further develop their projects at Youth Venture’s headquarters and were recognized at the annual Jefferson Awards.
Teen Argues Against Same-Sex Marriage
Alabama native and recent high school graduate Kristen speaks out about marriage equality and why she believes marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman.
Teen Speaks Out About Marriage Equality
High school student Cassandra shares her views on marriage equality and the recent passing of New York state's same-sex marriage bill.
Alabama Teens Reflect on Tornado Destruction
Autumn and Jessica
Phil Campbell High School student Autumn Thomas describes what it was like to live through a devastating tornado, while graduating senior Jessica Ly discusses why she helped with the cleanup effort and why volunteerism is important.
Student Freedom Riders Re-Trace History’s Steps
Michellay, JoyEllen and Raj
Fifty years ago, college students from around the country gathered to protest segregation by riding buses and trains from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans, Louisiana. Along the way, they were arrested, jailed and subjected to extreme violence. Today, 50 students are re-creating those Freedom Rides by traveling the exact same route as the original riders with PBS’ American Experience.
Gulf Residents Plagued by ‘Fear of the Unknown,’ Says Alabama Teen
Basch Jernigan, a junior at Gulf Shores High School in Gulf Shores, Alabama, has continued to monitor his area’s recovery from the Gulf oil spill. On the one year anniversary, he says uncertainty about the future is the biggest problem facing his friends and neighbors.
Gettysburg Student Reflects on Civil War’s Legacy
150 years ago Confederate soldiers attacked a Union-held fort at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. The Civil War's first battle may seem like ancient history, but for one student who lives among battlefields in Gettysburg, Pa., every day is a reminder of what happened during the War Between the States.
Students React to President's Visit, Remarks on Education
Vanessa, Josue and Oscar
When President Obama visited Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. to address the need for better education for Hispanic students, he spoke directly to parents, teachers and students who asked him questions in an open forum. In the video below, three students who attended the event share their thoughts on what the president had to say.
Wisconsin Student Shares Protest Experience
Protesters in Wisconsin have flooded the state capitol in Madison to protest a bill proposed by the state's governor that would get rid of most union bargaining rights. The governor insists that the bill is necessary “because we’re broke.” Cassie Frankel, a high school student in Madison, writes about her experience attending the protests and reflects on the meaning of democracy.
Students React to Education Remarks in State of the Union Speech
Matthew and James
President Obama delivered his second State of the Union speech on Jan. 25, and education played a major part in it. James Stage and Matthew Linn, both students at the University School of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., react to the president's education proposals.
Teen Believes Consumers Must Act Responsibly
This year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a nationwide ban on Four Loko, a fruity energy drink loaded with alcohol and caffeine. Teenager Omar Zepeda thinks the FDA, which is charged with ensuring the safety and quality of food and drugs in the United States overstepped in this case, and that consumers must be responsible for their actions.
Teen Speaks Out Against Cyber-Bullying
As Internet platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Chat gain popularity, the opportunity for cyber-bullying increases. In 2010 there was an alarming number of teen suicides resulting from cyber-harassment, pushing some states to pass laws that take action against anyone who intimidates others over the Internet.
Student Calls for a Solution to Drug Violence
Violence at the hands of drug cartels plagued areas along the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010, and 16-year-old Marlon Rodriguez thinks more must be done to stop it. Instead of asking Mexico to increase its security, Rodriguez believes the U.S. must shoulder more responsibility and "help our neighbors fight this problem."
Teen Pictures Brighter Future with DREAM Act
his Student Voice is a Korean teen’s story of how she arrived here illegally and why she hopes the DREAM Act will be passed. She is a member of the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center in Chicago
Homeless Youth Fights for Her Future
Roughly 110,000 American youth experience homelessness in a given year, according to government agencies.Vda, 20, shares her story and thoughts about youth homelessness in America.
Student Says Service Changed His Life
When James Harris ran into some trouble with the law at age 16, he thought he was headed down the wrong track. But, by participating in community service with recording artist Usher's New Look Leadership Program, Harris found a new path in life and discovered his passion for helping other young people overcome their obstacles.
Wisconsin Students Back Candidates for Senate and Governor
Neil and Emily
Two Wisconsin students, one of whom supports a Republican and the other a Democrat, share why they think their candidate should win and what it will mean for their state.
Florida Students Differ on Influence of Politics
Max and Chris
During the political season one thing can always be expected: tons and tons of campaign ads. But do radio and television commercials or thousands of street signs work? In Florida, high school students Chris Sandler and Max Wolfson have experienced first-hand what it means to live in an election battleground state. The two reveal contrasting opinions about politics and whether elections are important.
Colorado Politics Inspires First-Time Voter
ILaura Gudvangen is a student at William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs . The 18-year-old believes the 2010 election has large implications for her state's future. Below are some of her thoughts as to why politicians and the sport of politics are important.
Florida's Senate Battle Has Tampa Teen's Attention
In Florida there is a three-way battle between Marco Rubio (Republican), Charlie Christ (Independent) and Kendrick Meek (Democrat) for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. Ali Preston, a student at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa reveals her thoughts on the contentious race and what politics means to her as a teenager.
Peer Pressure: Good vs. Bad
Courtney and Deanna
As part of the News Literacy Project, students from Reavis Middle School in Chicago created a radio report that touches on peer pressure, an underlying force that can contribute to bullying.
Teen Involved in Immigration Debacle Begins College
Yves Gomes, who has been in the U.S. for most of his life but is not a citizen, talks about his brush with deportation. NewHour Extra's Kurtis Lee caught up with Gomes on his first-day of college.
Masterman Students Reflect on Presidential Visit
Michele and Huizhong
Students at a Philadelphia high school reflect on President Obama's second annual back-to-school speech at their school.
California Student Hampered by Budget Cuts
Twenty-year-old Jessica Martin has long dreamed of going to college at U-C Berkeley, near her hometown of Alameda, Calif. For the past three years, she attended Laney College, a local community college, until she was eligible to transfer to Berkeley.
Immigrant Teen Seeks to Continue Studies in U.S.
For the past year, 17-year-old Yves Gomes has lived a life filled with ambiguity. He came to the United States with his parents as an infant and has lived in the country ever since. Now, the recent high school honors graduate may eventually have to leave the United States and return to his native country of India due to his illegal status in this country.
City’s Violence Spurs a Call to Action
The city of Chicago has gained national attention with its spike in youth violence. It has even caught the eye of the White House, as last fall President Obama commissioned Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the city on a mission to address this sad epidemic. NewsHour Extra student reporter Lynda Lopez, who is a native Chicagoan, takes a closer look at the problem and what strides are being made to address it almost a year later.
Young Clevelanders React to Loss of Basketball Star
When NBA star LeBron James announced to the world that he would be leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to play with the Miami Heat, many citizens of Cleveland, Ohio were devastated. Teens from the Boys and Girls’ Club of Cleveland shared their thoughts on James’ decision with NewsHour Extra and weighed in on what his absence will mean for their city.
Alabama Teen Considers Oil Spill a Call to Action
The fallout from the Gulf oil spill brings out cautious optimism in 16-year-old Basch Jernigan, who lives near the Alabama coast. He believes that, with the right approach, the spill can launch his community and his country into a cleaner, more positive future.
Arizona Teens React to New Immigration Law
The state of Arizona recently passed a controversial new immigration law that requires law enforcement officers to stop anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Advocates of the law say it will help stem the flood of illegal immigrants entering Arizona, while those opposed to the law say it is discriminatory and encourages racial profiling. NewsHour Extra student reporter Lynda Lopez, age 18, asked six Arizona teens to share their views on the new law and what it means for their state, their country and their families.
Louisiana Students Weigh In On Oil Spill's Impact
On April 20, an oil rig exploded off the Louisiana coast, springing a leak that is spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico without a clear end in sight. Three students from South Plaquemines High School, located just a few miles from where the spill washed ashore, share their thoughts about what the disaster means for their community and what should happen next.
College-Bound Students Face High Tuition
Lynda Lopez, who is college-bound next year, says one question weighs all too heavily on many students' minds after they have been admitted to and chosen a college: how to pay for it.
N.C. Students Debate Health Care
Holland Woodbury and Shelby Jones
Holland Woodbury and Shelby Jones of Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, N.C., give their perspectives on the health care debate.
Chicago Summer Program Falls Victim to Recession
Lynda, 17, writes about an academic enrichment program in Chicago that may not survive the economic downturn.
New Law Makes it Harder For Teens to Get Credit Cards
A new credit card law that takes effect this month includes regulations intended to protect young consumers from excessive debt to credit card companies. Lisa Fan, a writer for the ThreeSixty youth journalism program in Minnesota, reports on how the law will impact American teens.
Kansas Students Davis and Sydney Critique Obama's First State of the Union
Davis Mattek and Sydney Parriott
President Obama delivered his first State of the Union speech this week. Kansas students Davis Mattek and Sydney Parriott, of Salina High School Central, write about what they thought of the president's address.
VIDEO: Debate Students Discuss President Obama's State of the Union Speech
President Obama delivered his first State of the Union speech this week. Mike O'Donnell, Jake Thompson, Mark Warner and Sam Stuewe, of Kansas, are all seniors in Salina Central High School's forensics program. In this video, they give their take on Obama's performance.
One Year Later, How is Obama Doing?
Evan Monod and Lou Lessing
President Barack Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address to the nation this week. Evan Monod and Lou Lessing, both 17, debate the success of the president's first year in office.
Vermont Dairy Farms Rely On Mexican Workers to Keep Business Alive
Daniel Sunderland and Melisa Ortiz
A recent government crackdown on illegal workers has concerned many Vermont dairy farmers who employ up to 2,000 Mexican workers across the state. Student reporters Daniel and Melisa of Middlebury, Vermont, visit a local dairy farm to report on the lives of the immigrant workers who perform hard labor on the farms.
Some Undocumented Students in Texas Can Qualify for Financial Aid
Texas is one of 11 states to offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants that meet certain criteria through its financial aid form, the Texas Application for Federal Student Aid. Delisha, 18, of Houston, talks to an undocumented student who qualified for financial aid under TAFSA.
Texan Students Debate Financial Aid for Illegal Immigrants
Evan Dunbar and Kamaria Monmouth
Texas is one of 11 states to offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants that meet certain criteria through its financial aid form, the Texas Application for Federal Aid. Texan student reporters Evan and Kamaria, both 18, debate whether undocumented immigrants should be able to apply for financial aid supported by taxpayer dollars.
Give Youth Immigrants Due Process
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation that prohibits city officials from alerting federal immigration authorities when an illegal immigrant under the age of 18 is arrested on felony charges. Adrienne, 16, argues that deporting young people before they are proven guilty of a crime eliminates their right to due process.
Back to School in a Recession
From overcrowded classrooms to long lines at financial aid offices, high unemployment and government budget problems impact students everywhere. In this Youth Radio production, young people discuss how the recession is affecting their education.
Wakefield High Senior Class President Introduces President Obama
Students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia had an unusual back-to-school assembly when President Barack Obama arrived on campus to deliver a speech on the importance of education. Timothy Spicer, 17, of Arlington, Virginia was chosen to introduce President Obama before his speech. He talks to NewsHour Extra about his experience.
President Obama Sends a Valuable Message to Students in Education Speech
Students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia had an unusual back-to-school assembly when President Barack Obama arrived on campus to deliver a speech on the importance of education. Michael was there covering the story for his school's paper.
Students Interested in the Military Cite Rising College Costs, Tough Economy
According to military officials, the number of young people interested in the military has increased for the first time in five years, thanks in part to the tough economy. Tammy, 16, is from New York City, and talks to students at her school who are thinking about enlisting.
Youth Radio's Austin on Creative Budget Solutions for California Schools
This summer, school administrators in districts across the country will have to face some tough budget decisions. Along with determining how many teachers to lay off and whether to shorten the school year, many will have to decide which programs get cut. Youth Radio’s Austin De Rubira reports on the unusual way Oakland’s school district is adapting its science program to tough economic times. This story was produced by Youth Radio.
Peter Argues For Free Expression Rights for Unpopular Ideas
Peter, 18, a recent graduate of Harbor Springs High School in Harbor Springs, Michigan, thinks that his school should allow students to display the Confederate flag in the school parking lot, despite the fact that it is an unpopular symbol that many people associate with racism.
Closing Gitmo is the Right Thing to Do
Adrienne of San Francisco, California, weighs in on the controversy over President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay military detention center and send some detainees to American prisons. She argues that closing the prison is a crucial part of restoring America's credibility with the rest of the world.
California Students Brave Tough Economic Times
Student reporter Arianna Perez, 17, is from Stockton, California. She interviews four students from her high school who are coping with financial difficulties along with their families.
Jordan Says Gitmo Prisoners Should Go to Her Montana Hometown
Jordan Minnick of Hardin, Montana, explains her town's request to hold the terrorism suspects from the soon-to-be-closed military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Jordan thinks transfering the prisoners to Hardin would create jobs.
Youth Radio's King Anyi on Obama's First 100 Days
King Anyi Howell
Youth Radio correspondent, King Anyi Howell, looks at how President Obama has dealt with the various issues that are important to young Americans -- from health care to education -- during his first 100 days as president.
College Goals Change Everything
Zebedee Williams is a 19-year-old Senior at Roosevelt High School in south St Louis. Originally from the neighborhood around Roosevelt, his mother moved in with his grandmother to help make ends meet. Zebedee decided it was worth the 90-minute bus ride across town to attend Roosevelt, after it transformed from being one of the worst schools in the area to one of the better public high schools. He's accepted into two colleges now and is hoping for more scholarships to help make it more affordable. This is an excerpt from a NewsHour interview.
Eliana Notices Economic Changes in St. Louis
Eliana, a sophomore at Ladue High School in St. Louis, shares her thoughts on the city of St. Louis, President Obama's election and how the recession is affecting her hometown.
Elliot Talks About Moving to a St. Louis Magnet School
Elliot is a senior at Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis. He talks about moving from a school in the suburbs to a magnet school in the inner city. He also discusses how students at his school felt about the election of President Barack Obama.
Kyriah Opens Up About De Facto Segregation in St. Louis
Kyriah, 17, loves her hometown for its diversity but she regrets that the city has remained so segregated. Kyriah also discusses families facing the housing crisis and the election of President Obama.
Jordan Shares His Thoughts on Race, Economy in St. Louis
Jordan, 16, is a student at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in St. Louis. He has noticed underlying racial divisions in St. Louis and discusses President Obama's first 100 days in office.
Winnie Discusses Life in the Suburbs of St. Louis
Winnie, 17, is a junior at Webster Groves High School in Rock Hill, Missouri. She talks about how students from the suburbs rarely travel into the city of St. Louis.
Littleton, Colorado Student Discusses How Columbine Shootings Changed Her Town
On April 20, 1999, teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado. Youth Radio correspondent Erin Bilir grew up in Littleton, Colorado and remembers the day of the shootings and how it changed everything for kids in the town.
Student Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence
In Feburary 2009, pop singers and couple Chris Brown and Rihanna were allegedly involved in an altercation during which Brown is accused of hitting Rihanna and threatening her life. Markeyla used the incident to argue that domestic violence is a serious issue that her peers might overlook.
Iraq War Hits Home for Students and Families
Kyle and Tessa
The U.S. will begin another year of armed conflict in Iraq this March. Kyle and Tessa, of Michigan, interviewed two students and a teacher with family members currently serving in the military.
Student Interviews Economist and Local Businesses about Recession
Hannah, of Littleton High School in Colorado, interviewed community members and an economist about the nation's economic problems.
Stimulus Bill Another Bogus Bailout
Chris, of Matthews, N.C., argues that the stimulus package is a waste of taxpayer money, and will do little to help the nation's struggling economy.
Student Reports on Effects of Economy
Alejandra talked to students and teacher about where they think the economy is headed and what it means for their daily lives.
Student Supports Her Parents' Right to Marry
Adrienne, of San Francisco, writes that same-sex couples like her parents should be allowed to get married.
Obama Inauguration Should Inspire Hard Work and New Achievements
Maya, from Atlanta, Ga., traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in inaugural events in January. She writes that Americans should follow President Obama's example and continue to work to improve society.
Student Explores Local Economic Changes
Nicole, a senior from Ridge Community High School in Davenport, Florida, talked to the owners of a car dealership, realty company and restaurant to gauge how the economic decline is impacting her area.
Students Prepare for Changes as Economy Slows
Camille, from Michigan, writes that the economic downturn is making students think twice about their spending and could have far-reaching consequences for her community.
President-elect Faces Tough Road Ahead
Alexander writes that President-elect Barack Obama has to repair the United States' place in the world, and that he should start by focusing on immigration, closing Guantanamo Bay and reinstilling respect for the law.
The Long Road to Becoming a U.S. Citizen
Kelsey interviewed Ming Chen, a new U.S. citizen, about his journey from his home country of China and building a life in the United States.
Your Vote: Students Reflect on the Election
Video Your Vote is a joint project between
the NewsHour and YouTube to document the experiences
of voters across the country and collect voter
opinions on the 2008 election. Students across
the country submitted videos documenting the
voting process and talking about its importance.
Election Spurs Students to Become Politically
Hayley, from Colorado, interviewed students
about their involvement in the 2008 elections
and how they are supporting candidates, even
if they can't vote.
Ads Distract from the Issues
IMyles writes that negative campaign ads take
attention away from the important issues.
He spoke with other students about how they
perceive these ads.
Rate Presidential Candidates' Final Debate
Josh and Robert
ITop National Forensic League debaters Josh
Zoffer and Robert Kindman discuss the candidates'
strategies and rhetoric in the third presidential
of Flip-Flops Not Valid
IMiriam writes that no person is completely
consistent in their stance on a particular
issue and that candidates should not feel
insecure when they change their minds on a
Presidential Debate Leaves Many Unanswered
Tess argues that both Obama and McCain failed
to support their points with real facts, making
it difficult for voters to draw any substantive
conclusions from the debate.
Obama Play it Safe, with One Month Left
Emily writes that neither Obama nor McCain
used the second presidential debate as an
opportunity to show real leadership and vision
on the economy and other pressing issues.
Obama Scores a Win in Second Debate
Becca writes that confidence and focus helped
Senator Obama carry the second debate, despite
complications from the town-hall style format.
and Biden Make Appeals to Average Voters
IEvan writes that Sen. Biden and Gov. Sarah
Palin used different techniques in the vice-presidential
debate to connect with the American people
and show they know the concerns of an average
Debaters Give VP Debate Play-by-Play
Jeff and Robert
In a video, debaters Josh Zoffer and Robert
Kindman's break down the vice-presidential
debate issue by issue and assess the candidates'
performances and strong points.
Holds Her Own Against Biden in VP Debate
Ross Gordon writes that Sen. Biden adeptly
tied Sen. McCain to unpopular current policies,
but that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin performed
well despite some vague answers and deflected
Palin Misses the Credibility Mark in VP Debate
Michael writes that in the first, and only,
vice presidential debate, Alaska Gov. Sarah
Palin failed to prove she would be a qualified
Show Their True Colors at the Debate
Will writes that the first debate between
Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain
was too close to call, but revealed plenty
about the candidates' different dispositions
and how they want voters to perceive them.
Holds Ground in Debate, but McCain Still First
on Foreign Policy
Alex writes that McCain had a slight edge
in the first presidential debate, but that
performed well enough to prevent any negative
effects on their campaigns.
Race Puts Focus on Big Issues
Atige writes about some of the controversial
issues in the presidential race and speaks
to students about their views.
Deserves A Look, Too
Nia writes that young African-Americans should
listen to both candidates before making a
decision about who they will support.
Pick Sarah Palin is a True Alaskan
Tyler, a native Alaskan, writes about his
support for Gov. Sarah Palin, and the misconceptions
PressLine Reporters Cover the Democratic and
Republican National Conventions
Throughout the conventions, held from August
25 to September 4, Children's Pressline reporters
were on the ground in Denver and Minneapolis
covering issues important to young people.
Changes Can Help Curb Climate Change
Arielle describes some of the ways climate
change is already affecting the United States
and her home state, and suggests some ways
for students to improve their carbon footprints.
Weigh Military Schools as Alternative
Military academies and colleges are attracting
student looking to serve in the military and
avoid paying tuition. Elizabeth interviewed
students at her high school in San Jose, Calif.,
about the pros and cons of the military schools.
Obama and Clinton Be the Golden Ticket?
With Sen. Barack Obama now the presumptive
Democratic nominee attention has turned to
who he will pick as his running mate. Namrata
writes about the benefits and obstacles for
a potential Obama-Clinton ticket.
Student Embraces New and Old Traditions
Jalisa interviewed Katy Hernandez, a Latina
student who moved to the United States from
Mexico ten years ago and now attends Concord
High School. Katy talked about what life was
like in Mexico and how she has balanced the
two countries' cultures.
Cyclone Hits Close to Home for Refugees
Bebe was raised in a refugee camp on the border
of Thailand and Myanmar. She talked to NewsHour
Extra about the cyclone in Myanmar and her
own experience coming to the United States.
Road to Nomination Goes through Pennsylvania
Julia spoke with students at her high school
in Bloomsburg, Pa., about the election issues
that concern them most, and who they are supporting
in the state's primary, an important contest
in the close race between Senator Hillary
Clinton and Senator Barack Obama.
Benedict Makes First U.S. Visit
Young Catholics from across the country are
flocking to Washington and New York to see
Pope Benedict XVI on his first trip to the
country as the pope. Students attending his
April 17 mass at the Washington Nationals
ball park talked to NewsHour Extra about what
they hope to hear.
Dissection is a Promising Alternative
Heather writes about the ecological consequences
of dissecting frogs and other animals in the
classroom. Digital dissection computer programs
could replace the traditional version, she
EMT Gains Real-World Experience
Esha, a trained secondary emergency medical
technician, writes about the experience of
helping a depressed teen on one of her first
nights on the job.
Predators Target Vulnerable Teens
Being a teenager can be an emotionally difficult
time, writes Keisha, making teens easy targets
for online predators. New laws are making
it easier to catch predators earlier.
Illusion of a Clean Future with Ethanol
Ethanol produced from corn is hailed by some
as a fix-all fuel. Will writes that ethanol
doesn't live up to the hype.
Rallying Student Support for Obama in Ohio
Joshua has been volunteering with the Barack
Obama campaign in Ohio for 9 months, organizing
students and talking to voters. He talks about
his experiences and why he feels so passionate
about this election.
Volunteer Hopes for Clinton Comeback
Griffin is a volunteer in the Dallas Clinton
offices. He reflects on the media coverage
of the campaigns and how students in his school
are taking sides.
Volunteers Flood into Texas
A new Obama volunteer in Austin, Texas, reports
on the positive energy at the campaign office
and how out-of-state volunteers are working
to get Texas Democrats to the polls.
for Clinton in Ohio
Lonnie, voting this year in his first presidential
election, talks about volunteering for Senator
Hillary Clinton in the weeks before the crucial
Upside of Down Syndrome
Sydney writes about the joys, and occasional
frustrations, of life with her brother Aaron,
who was born with Down syndrome.
Writers Strike Means Lost Fans
The writers strike has gone on for too long,
Meghan writes, and has been handled badly
by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television
Struggling with Obesity and Self Image
With obesity at epidemic levels in the United
States, Shakura writes about how being overweight
has affected her and her social life.
Partisan Politics Hurts Progress
Michael argues that the Democratic Congress
has failed to live up to its promises of real
Protest Over MLK Statue Goes Against King's
Avi writes that the nationality or race of
the artist sculpting the MLK memorial shouldn't
matter, in keeping with King's message of
equality for all.
Black-on-Black Violence Needs a Community
Jamari Caldwell writes that black-on-black
violence is destroying communities and that
ordinary citizens need to help.
Refugee Split Between Very Different Worlds
Omer Kassim, 17, is an Iraqi refugee living
in Cleveland, Ohio. He was recently granted
asylum to stay in the country, but longs for
home as well.
Family Hopeful After Losing Home
The Wilson Family lost their home in the recent
California wildfires. In this audio slideshow,
they share their experiences and hopes for
Wildfires Force Evacuations
Sophomore Michelle Boccia talks to NewsHour
Extra about evacuating her home in northeastern
San Diego because of wildfires spreading through
Internal Battle of Depression
Caroline Schepker, a 19-year-old college student,
talks to NewsHour Extra about learning to
understand and manage depression.
Armenian Genocide Resolution is a Danger to
Erika Martin writes that Congress will endanger
US troops' lives if the Armenian Genocide
resolution is passed.
Must Pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution
Junior Kim Kinden argues that the Armenian
Genocide resolution would give overdue acknowledgment
to the victims of a tragic event.
the Meaning of Torture
Beverly Congdon writes that reporters and
politicians calling harsh, but humane, interrogation
techniques torture is dangerous.
Romney on Faith Reinforces Intolerance
Heather Doyle, a Mormon high school senior,
describes how Mitt Romney's presidential campaign
has affected her life, and caused unfair scrutiny
of her religion.
Dog Fighting Case Exposes Cruel Sport
Rachel Weaver, 16, argues dog fighting is
a serious, inhumane crime and that Michael
Vick should be punished accordingly.
Six Case Shows Race Bias in the Justice System,
Senior Lisa Vinson writes that the Jena six
were treated unfairly, while their white peers
escaped punishment for a hate crime.
Should Look to Adopt British Health Care Model
Following a trip to England with her family,
Elizabeth DeSimone thinks that the United
States should adopt a system in which all
Americans are guaranteed free health care.
Record Not Tarnished by Scandal
Junior Kevin Whitaker argues that Barry Bonds'
home run record should be remembered as a
feat in a new era of baseball.
of Financial Literacy Hurts Students
Senior Brison Harvey argues that high schools
need to prepare students for big financial
decisions through required financial literacy
Crisis Tests US Superpower Status
Rising 11th grader Shannon Mason argues that
the United States needs to ramp up its action
in Darfur to prevent the loss of innocent
on Blacksburg and Virginia Tech
Dana Al-Qadi, 17, grew up in Blacksburg, Va.,
where a mass shooting left 33 dead on April
16, 2007. Dana reflects on her hometown and
the victims she knew.
Need for More Troops in Iraq
Editorial writer Beverly Congdon, 17, argues
that Congress is overstepping its authority
in opposing President Bush's plan to send
more troops to Iraq.
Teens from Nightclubs Won't Stop Violence
As Washington, DC considers legislation that
would ban underage patrons from nightclubs
following the death of a 17-year-old girl,
Maya Gibson-Reinemer argues that keeping teens
out of venues with live music will not stop
Military Strategies Ignore Iraqi Girls' Rights
As the president requests more troops for
the Iraq war, teen Natalia Thompson criticizes
the lack of attention on the waning freedoms
Young and HIV Positive in America
At the age of 16, Brett's life changed forever
when he tested positive for HIV. Now an 18-year-old
college freshman in North Carolina, he is
battling the stigma of the virus every day.
Congressional Page Reflects on Experience
As a scandal involving explicit messages sent
by a congressman to a former page saturates
the news, former page Laura Meixell describes
her Capitol Hill experience.
Michigan Graduation Requirements Shortchange
Nick Thomas, a 17-year-old reporter with 8-18
Media, thinks new, more rigorous Michigan
high school graduation requirements could
negatively affect a variety of students.
11 Remains a Reminder of Heroism
Andrew LaCombe, a 16-year-old reporter with
8-18 Media, remembers the Sept. 11 attacks
and reflects on the lingering impacts of that
Should Involve Youth in Decision Making
Chelsea Parrish, a 14-year-old Michigan student
and 8-18 Media reporter, wants politicians
to recognize the value of youth input.
A California judge says they don't have to,
but Youth Radio reporter Jazmine Livingston
thinks high school students should have to
pass the state's exit exam before they can
Maria, a Youth Radio correspondent, is a student
and an illegal immigrant. She tells the story
of her harrowing trip from Mexico to the US
in a poem.
Convenience Worth the Cost to the Environment?
A student from Japan launches a campaign to
raise awareness about the effects of disposable
chopsticks on the environment.
Market for ADD Drugs Thrives on Campus
Youth Radio reporter Michelle Jarboe tells
how Ritalin has become the drug of choice
among students eager for better grades or
a better buzz.
Coverage of the Sago Mine Tragedy Raises Many
A student from West Virginia criticizes the
media's coverage of a mining accident in her
state as sensationalist.
Katrina and the End of Life as I Knew it
Seventeen-year old Paige DiMacco fled her
home, friends and all she knew in River Ridge,
Louisiana to escape Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Survivors Tell Their Stories
After escaping their flooded homes in Louisiana,
two New Orleans teens describe their experiences
and share their hopes for the future.
Death Brings War Home
The war in Iraq suddenly came home for a student
with the death of a soldier who graduated
from her school.