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LPB & PBS COLLABORATE WITH TWO BATON ROUGE SCHOOLS

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL)


LPB & PBS COLLABORATE WITH TWO BATON ROUGE SCHOOLS
LPB joins University Laboratory School and Mayfair Laboratory School, to announce their participation in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) program, a national journalism initiative by PBS NewsHour, to connect middle and high school students with public media stations to produce original, youth-focused news reports.

Students will have the opportunity to create content for the national NewsHour site and the nightly broadcast, which reaches over one million viewers each night, and for broadcast on LPB’s statewide network.

LPB’s Director of Special Projects, Christina Melton, will oversee the station’s work with the Baton Rouge schools with the hope of expanding the initiative statewide. University Laboratory School instructor, Jennifer Bevill, and Mayfair Laboratory instructor, Jessica Ragusa, will work with the LPB and PBS SLR team to involve students in news and public affairs and ensure that the youth voice is active in the conversations about the critical issues facing the nation.

“My students and I are very excited to be a part of the SRL program. The curriculum facilitates meaningful engagement in technology and real world issues and will provide another platform for our students to be empowered participants in our community,” noted Bevill, adding “I look forward to continued work with LPB and PBS to expand our program into a new year-long broadcasting course to be offered next school year.”

“Passionate educators like Mrs. Bevill and Mrs. Ragusa are the glue that hold this program together,” said program founder Leah Clapman. “Every year we discover new ways to expand and improve SRL, with the most innovative and effective ideas coming straight from the teachers on the front lines.”

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. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

About Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Since 1975, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB is also affiliated with WLAE-TV in New Orleans. In addition to its award-winning documentaries about the history and people of Louisiana, LPB is dedicated to helping children throughout the state develop their literacy, math and science skills through its numerous educational outreach programs.

About PBS NewsHour
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 nonprofit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, 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 Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, The PEW Charitable Trusts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll Foundation, The Gordon and Betty Moore 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.

Contacts:
Christina Melton, LPB, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 225-767-4215
Margaret T. Schlaudecker, LPB, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 225-767-4276

Published: January 31, 2018
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