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Roxanne | South Mountain High School | Phoenix, Arizona

Yes, journalism can be fun. 

Middle and high school students from around the country earned a trip to Washington, D.C. and the White House by distinguishing themselves in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program.

The 11 “All-Star” students, selected from dozens of submissions, traveled from as far as Hawaii to participate in four days of workshops and sightseeing in the nation’s capital.

The group visited the White House and interviewed Col. Steve Parker of the U.S. Army, who leads Joining Forces, an initiative that provides assistance to military families.

Students described it as the experience of a lifetime.

“I would always tell my parents, ‘Voy a la casa blanca. I’m going to go to the White House someday,” said Gabriel Gamino Guerrero from Arizona.

“For that to come true was honestly amazing.” Col. Parker “really inspired me,” Isaiah Jones, a high school senior from Virginia, said. “He told us, ‘Follow your dream. Be passionate about what you want to do, and do it to the fullest extent.’”

SRL youth reporter Javan Campbell and his mentor Paul Pfeffer, of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, are looking sharp at the 37th Boston/New England Emmy Awards ceremony.

CPB was nominated for a regional Emmy for a documentary which chronicles a year of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. The documentary was produced by the CPBN Media Lab and features then 12-year-old Javan’s extraordinary development as a journalist which culminates in his interviewing a Governor, U.S. Senator, Congresswoman and School Superintendent in search of answers following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Watch the documentary here: http://bit.ly/1iQvXlz

THIS is what a student #Emmy looks like. And this is the story that won it: http://bit.ly/1hBq0h9

Check out this documentary produced by the CPBN Media Lab, which features then 12-year-old Javan Campbell’s extraordinary development as a journalist which culminates in his interviewing a governor, U.S. senator, congresswoman and school superintendent in search of answers following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Andrew is a true cinematographer,” said Jamie Flanagan, who nominated Sokolowski for the summer workshop. “I thought Andrew would represent the school and the program very well. It makes me happy to see him doing well and to see him recognized outside the four walls of the school.”

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To mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, we asked our network of Student Reporting Labs across the nation if integration should be a national goal. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say.

Heaven Abraha from John F. Kennedy High School with Dr. Diane Post, president of the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance.

Rachel Carson has been called the mother of the environmental movement and the EPA was created in response to her findings in that book. Heaven has been working on an environmental story for the Student Reporting Labs program.    

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Pflugerville High School junior Kennedy Huff earned congressional recognition by U.S. Congressman Michael T. McCaul for being selected as a member of the inaugural class of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars who will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer.


“I hope to meet a lot of people at the event who have similar interests as myself, and to network with people already in the field who can help guide me down this path,” Huff said. “I also will take the opportunity to learn more about my craft and how to be a better journalist.”
Pflugerville High School junior Kennedy Huff earned congressional recognition by U.S. Congressman Michael T. McCaul for being selected as a member of the inaugural class of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars who will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer.


“I hope to meet a lot of people at the event who have similar interests as myself, and to network with people already in the field who can help guide me down this path,” Huff said. “I also will take the opportunity to learn more about my craft and how to be a better journalist.”

Pflugerville High School junior Kennedy Huff earned congressional recognition by U.S. Congressman Michael T. McCaul for being selected as a member of the inaugural class of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars who will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer.

“I hope to meet a lot of people at the event who have similar interests as myself, and to network with people already in the field who can help guide me down this path,” Huff said. “I also will take the opportunity to learn more about my craft and how to be a better journalist.”