PBS NewsHour launches series of youth-produced stories about gender stereotypes

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Washington, D.C.  (January 27, 2016) — From women running for president to new military combat roles for women and Hollywood pay equity, gender politics are a part of the news. But how do preconceived notions about gender affect the lives of middle and high school students?

We challenged PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country to profile young people breaking down stereotypes: how does it feel to be the only girl in the room, or boy on the team? More than 30 reports came in from around the country, including profiles of young welders, pilots, hunters, dancers, coders and game designers. Several explore LGBTQ identity.

The ‘Outside the Box’ series shows that today’s teens are not afraid to challenge preconceptions of gender in sports, education, the workforce and society at large.

“This next generation of producers and storytellers are not only creating videos that help teachers and students engage in current events and issues, but they provide adults with insights from a viewpoint we rarely see,” said PBS NewsHour Executive Producer and WETA Senior Vice President Sara Just. “All of us at NewsHour are proud of the work that these students and their teachers are doing and we are pleased to bring it to NewsHour audiences on air and online.”

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 us on Twitter.

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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 non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF and Lincoln Financial Group, 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 Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll 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.

Media Contact: Thaisi Da Silva, Director, Student Reporting Labs: tdasilva@newshour.org