Student Reporting Labs Newsletter - June 2022
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SRL's latest news and resources for educators and students on journalism, media making, and media literacy.

SRL heads to Phoenix for Student Academy 
RSVP for Video Showcase 
This week the SRL team is coaching 27 phenomenal students from across the country at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University for our signature student fellowship at the SRL Student Academy. JOIN US for the livestream of the culminating showcase of their video news reports on Tue. June 28 at 9:30pm ET.
Season 2 of “On Our Minds”: Insights from LGBTQ+ Youth and more

Just in time for LGBTQ+ Pride Month, our award-winning podcast on teen mental health, On Our Minds with Matt and Faiza, dives into the mental health challenges experienced by LGBTQ+ young people. This follows several episodes that aired this month, including:

SRL on the NewsHour

Students speak out about the impact gun violence has on their daily lives

Tragically, school shootings have become all too common in America. While the attack at a Uvalde elementary school is the deadliest in nearly a decade, it's also the 27th school shooting this year alone. Our national network of young reporters asked their fellow students ​​what adults should know about growing up in this era of gun violence in schools.

‘Teachers are not okay’ after school shootings

Teachers from around the country share they have long been frustrated with the larger public response to shootings and school safety and many have been particularly angry about the way this has long played out in Washington and state capitals. Tragically, the shooting in Uvalde reinforced and exacerbated many of these concerns. Here's what some of them had to say.
Latest Student-Produced Media

High school seniors reflect on their plans after graduation

Graduating students across our network opened up about the challenges of being a high school student during the pandemic. They discussed their plans for the future whether it's taking a gap year, attending college or starting a job. WATCH

How this California sidewalk mural is bringing a community together

A movement called “Know Justice Know Peace” is drawing attention to racial and economic injustice through a sidewalk mural outside an elementary school in Rancho Cucamonga, California. This story was produced by student Samantha Johnson from Etiwanda High School with support from SRL Educator Bernadine Judson. WATCH

How one educator teaches about climate change by cultivating gardens

Shirley Tautolo, known to her students as Ms. T, teaches about climate change in her horticulture classes in Clinton Township, Michigan. This story was produced by students Zion Williams and Micah Martin from the Frederick V. Pankow Center in Clinton Township, Michigan with support from SRL Educator Michael Kaufman. WATCH.

Why predicting dangerous weather is necessary in places like Maryland

SRL Correspondent Akilah Lewis reports from Reagan National Airport in Alexandria, Virginia where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held an event on hurricane preparedness. This story was produced by students Akilah Lewis, Harper Bender and Kissiah Landham at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland with help from SRL Educator Andrew Inches and SRL Associate Youth Media Producer Becky Wandel. WATCH.

Using helmet art to promote bike safety

After a bike accident, artist Leah Chyma from Austin, Texas began a business turning helmets into works of art. This piece was produced by students Alexa Borden and Ivanna Beltran from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas with help from SRL educator Tish Saliani. WATCH.

Teen squashes stereotypes about identity through her art

Alessandra Ashford from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas creates art that examines stereotypes and embraces the complexity of identity. This story was produced by students Alex Nicholas, Anjali Sunil, and Imran Sohail from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas with support from SRL Educator Tish Saliani. WATCH.

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