In June, 2022, 27 high school students joined PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs’ Summer Academy for an intensive video journalism camp, where they worked in groups and produced local news stories. This year’s Academy took place in-person at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix after two years of virtual bootcamps.
Throughout the summer, NewsHour Classroom has made Daily News Lessons on some of the student journalism produced at the Summer Academy. Classroom interns Ella Cohen and Vivien Williams have created TikTok videos on the Academy pieces.
The Daily News Lessons cover a number of subjects: a dance studio founder who gives students financial support to learn dance; a muralist who invites elementary school students to create art in public spaces; an immigrant who received a guitar upon entrance to the United States; two immigrants who started small businesses in Phoenix; and foster kids who attend cowboy camp.
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1) Dance company founder breaks down financial barriers for young Latino dancers
Summary: Rescapetatiando Dance Studio founder Frank Ornelas discovered his passion for dance by watching ballets on PBS as a child, but could not afford classes. Ornelas now connects talented young Latino dancers in Phoenix, Arizona with sponsors who provide financial support to attend intensive dance classes at his studio. The dance style reflects the young dancers’ culture while developing their physical, mental and emotional wellness.
2) Laloland: empowering young people to paint in community
Summary: Phoenix-based painter and muralist Lalo Cota has made his mark through his vibrant imagery that fuses together life, death, sombrero-shaped spaceships, Mexican folk art and lowrider culture. In collaboration with Alhambra Elementary School District art teacher Candace Greene, Cota has grown his practice in a way that now invites students of all ages to co-create with him in public spaces throughout the Phoenix metro area.
Daily News Lesson: Empowering young people to paint murals in public spaces
3) Welcoming refugees with donated musical instruments
Summary: When Taliban forces overtook Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, Elaha Nazari evacuated and sought asylum in the United States. Through a youth-led organization in Phoenix, Arizona, Elaha received a donated guitar to pursue her musical dreams. Student Reporting Labs (SRL) produced this story at the 2022 summer academy in early July.
Daily News Lesson: Welcoming refugees through the gift of musical instruments
4) Immigrant entrepreneurs build community in Phoenix
Summary: One in five Phoenix residents are immigrants, and whether leaving a country by choice or in search of safety, most come to the United States looking for a new start. Meet two who are building businesses to support their families, communities and futures. This story was produced at the 2022 PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Academy.
Daily News Lesson: Immigrant entrepreneurs build community in Phoenix
5) Kids in foster care become cowboys at this camp
Summary: Young people in Arizona’s foster care system step out of their comfort zones, form deep friendship bonds, and have an experience that will stay with them the rest of their lives at cowboy camp.
Daily News Lesson: Kids in foster care become cowboys at this camp
Ella Cohen, a rising junior at Washington-Liberty high school and intern at NewsHour Classroom, wrote today’s Daily News Lesson with editing by Vic Pasquantonio. Ella Cohen and Vivien Williams produced these five TikTok videos on stories by Student Reporting Labs.