The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs(SRL)initiative is building the next generation of public media with a unique digital journalism curriculum, local PBS station mentors, and the opportunity to tell important community stories to the world. The program creates transformational education experiences for middle school and high school students in classrooms and afterschool environments. Students engage in journalistic inquiry, media production, and student-centered learning that build critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, news literacy, and communication skills. In the past two years, students have tackled such critical topics as breaking the bounds of disabilities; immigration, migration, and identity; young people challenging gender stereotypes; changing concept of school safety; and concussion awareness in youth sports programs. TheSRL websitepresents a news literacy/digital media curriculum focused on storytelling and citizenship; a mentoring model that matches youth with media professionals; and job-ready digital credentials for college applications, résumés, and social media.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in March.
Researchers have developed an online game to “vaccinate” people against fake news—by showing them how to become a fake news mogul. In the game, called Bad News, players use misleading tactics to build their own fake news empire.
Checkology virtual classroom, created in a partnership between the News LiteracyProject and the Facebook Journalism Project, is an immersive online learning hub where students in grades 6–12 can hone their critical thinking skills to become and stay informed.