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Happy September & Back-to-School!

I'm Marie Cusick, a youth media producer for Student Reporting Labs (SRL) and editor of SRL's alumni newsletter. One of the best parts of my job is getting to know students and helping get their work published. 

That’s why this edition of our newsletter highlights SRL alumna Nairobi Barnes—she graduated from high school earlier this year and has already been published by major news organizations including the PBS NewsHour, KQED, and Teen Vogue.

Nairobi and I live in different parts of the country and have never met in person, but we’ve been working closely together for the past two years on lots of stories– collaborating over Zoom, phone calls, texts, and email. 

I asked her to share her wisdom with other student journalists who want their work to reach wider audiences. 

Check out her essay and video for three tips on going from a great idea to a published piece!



P.S. I'd love to hear your ideas for our alumni network: How can SRL help you continue to grow as a storyteller after high school? You can send responses to

Alumni Spotlight

Nairobi Barnes is freshly out of high school, graduating this summer from Oakland Military Institute in Oakland, California. She offers 3️⃣ tips on how to get published. ✅

Read more about Nairobi's journey + tips. 

Intern Day in the Life

Beyza Vural was SRL's summer 2022 intern. A graduate of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Beyza ran her morning college news show and aspires to be a news anchor one day. Watch her TikTok to see the day in the life at SRL.

Alumni News

Andre Tinoco - Los Angeles, CA

Andre Tinoco, SRL alumnus from Northview High School in Covina, California now works as an associate producer at KTLA, one of Los Angeles' major television news outlets.

Kaitlyn Gong - Oakland, CA

2019 SRL Academy fellow Kaitlyn Gong from Oakland, California is an emerging talent associate with Warner Music Experience.

Meera Varma - Los Angeles, CA

UCLA junior and SRL alumna Meera Varma participated in MTV’s first Mental Health Youth Action Forum earlier this year. Meera is also a Rare Beauty Impact Ambassador for Selena Gomez’s beauty company.
Got news to add? What are you up to after graduating school? Share your story with us as SRL alumni. 

 Job Opportunities

WETA Open Positions

Want to work for us? Check out the Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)'s open positions regularly and bookmark the site! Fellowships, internships, and other opportunities exist throughout the year.

Jobs Across Public Media

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) hosts a database containing full-time employment opportunities that are available across the 300+ public media organizations across the country, in addition to part-time work, entry and mid-level positions. APPLY TODAY.

Internships + Jobs Resource

Sponsored by the Poynter Institute, this how-to guide provides a number of ways that young professionals can pursue journalism opportunities. READ MORE.

Workshops / Trainings

Additional Resource from SEJ

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) regularly updates this list of fellowships and workshops for all journalism topics, not just those on the environmental beat. BOOKMARK IT!
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