Student Reporting Labs Newsletter - January 2023
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SRL's latest news and resources for educators and students on journalism, media making, and media literacy.

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20 under 20 up and coming journalists
20 Under 20 Up-And-Coming Storytellers
We asked, you answered! Educators across the SRL network nominated exceptional students in their classrooms to be named to our list of 20 under 20 up and coming journalists. Read about them—plus the honorable mentions!
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How is artificial intelligence disrupting education?


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SRL wants to know how students and teachers feel about new AI tools, like ChatGPT. How should schools treat these technologies? How are teachers handling them in the classroom? What do students think about using AI for assignments and learning? Read the full prompt here and you can always view more timely prompts on StoryMaker.
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"On Our Minds" Season 3 New Episodes

New Episodes

  • How LeBron James Manages Stress                                                  Students at I Promise School in Akron, Ohio interview one of the greatest basketball stars of all time: LeBron James! And, watch a longer video of their conversation with LeBron James.
  • Why teens today face drastically different risks than other generations
    New York Times reporter Matt Richtel talks with Ashley and Tyler about why there’s a teen mental health crisis and the benefit of putting experiences into words (…which is what we do!).  
  • How to choose a path after high school                                                 A recent study found that only about half of high school graduates say they definitely plan on going to college. In this episode, Ashley and Tyler hear from several teens on their post-high school plans — whether it’s college, trade school, a gap year, or going right into the work force.
And the Teacher of the Month is...

SRL celebrates educators each month!

Each month, we spotlight and celebrate a teacher in our community. For January, it’s our honor to feature Ryanne Meschkat. Ryanne teaches both Digital Media and Broadcast Journalism at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California (check out their daily show: Good Morning John Burroughs).

Learn about Ryanne’s favorite StoryMaker lesson, pro-tips, and the dream story she’s already had the chance to work on in our Q&A on the blog.

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Judy Woodruff Signs Off in Farewell
On December 30, 2022, Judy Woodruff anchored the PBS NewsHour for the last time and ushered in new anchors Amna Nawaz & Geoff Bennett. She will pursue "America at a Crossroads," a new series for PBS NewsHour. 
SRL thanks Judy for her indelible impact on the field of journalism.
New MediaWise Fact-Checking Lesson Plan
How to talk to conspiracy theorists. Did the moon landing really happen?
Tactics for Talking with Conspiracy Theorists at Family Gatherings
The political and social division sowed by conspiracy theories can make  gatherings with extended family and friends uncomfortable at best – and tear apart families at worst. In this lesson, students will learn what a conspiracy theory is, how people fall for them, and how to talk with family members and friends with differing views without it becoming confrontational. 
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Student Opportunities Beyond SRL

2023 Walter Cronkite Awards
Airdate cutoff: January 31, 2023 | Entry deadline: February 22, 2023

The 2023 Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in TV Political Journalism honors outstanding local and national journalism that informs and empowers citizens and serves as a watchdog and advocate for democratic norms and institutions. High schoolers and college students are eligible to apply by Wednesday, Feb. 22.

2023 Emerging Journalists Program
Hosted by Elon University

Elon University in North Carolina is hosting virtual and in-person programs starting this month for high school journalists. Learn more here.  

NPR Student Podcast Challenge
Hosted by NPR

NPR's Student Podcast Challenge is back. Check it out and learn more here.
PBS NewsHour Classroom
Lesson of the Month

 Explore Classroom's website with timely current event lesson plans featuring NewsHour broadcast episodes and news stories. Featured lesson: Judy Woodruff’s farewell message to viewers as she departs NewsHour anchor desk

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