PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Announces 2022 Student Academy Fellows

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April 29, 2022

Arlington, Va.– PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) has selected 27 up-and-coming storytellers from across the country for its annual summer academy, which will take place at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix from June 23-29 after two years of virtual bootcamps.

In its eighth year, the signature, award-winning academy is a highly-selective, intensive video journalism fellowship for high schoolers. All travel and accommodation costs are covered by the PBS NewsHour.

During the immersive fellowship, fellows will be coached and mentored by SRL youth media producers and work in teams to produce original video news reports. Fellows will learn from industry professionals and meet correspondents, producers and journalists from Arizona PBS, PBS NewsHour West and other local news organizations.  

“The unique educational experience connects students to media professionals and teaches vital video journalism, production and communication skills,” says Leah Clapman, SRL founder and executive director of education for the PBS NewsHour.

Beyond video production, fellows engage in conversations about the future of journalism, public media and the most important issues of their generation—an integral part of SRL’s mission. The week will culminate in a showcase, where the cohort will present their work.

Read more about this year’s cohort and stay tuned for further information about the accomplished cohort of fellows.

About PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Now in over 180 middle and high schools, Student Reporting Labs (SRL) is a national youth journalism program and public media initiative that trains teenagers across the country to produce stories that highlight the achievements, challenges, and reality of today’s youth. SRL creates transformative educational experiences through video journalism that inspire students to find their voice and engage in their communities. Since 2009, SRL youth media producers have helped students place over 100 video news reports on PBS NewsHour’s nightly broadcast and more on local media outlets. Visit www.studentreportinglabs.org to learn more.

About PBS NewsHour

For more than 40 years, millions of Americans and citizens of the world have turned to the PBS NewsHour for the solid, reliable reporting that has made it one of the most trusted news programs on television. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, DC, in association with WNET in New York. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit PBS NewsHour on Facebook or follow NewsHour on Twitter