Welcome to the SRL StoryMaker Teacher Guide!


PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs creates transformative educational experiences through video journalism that inspire youth to find their voice and engage in their communities.

Along with technical instruction on the use of cameras and editing equipment, Student Reporting Labs lesson plans focus on understanding the role of journalism in society and developing broader communication skills, including listening, asking questions, teamwork and public speaking.

Each lesson is designed for a 50-minute class with engaging high-interest activities to nurture a sense of purpose and accomplishment. We’ve also taken a deep dive into the Common Core State Standards, ELA and ISTE to make sure that your students’ involvement in the program helps prepare them for college and career and builds lifelong learning skills that translate to other areas of their lives, both academic and personal growth.

Independent research from the Temple University Media Education Lab and New Knowledge Organization show that students who participate in Student Reporting Labs have significant increases in media literacy, news literacy, STEM and information literacies, as well as critical thinking skills. After producing video news stories and experiencing public recognition for their work, students are more civically engaged, meaning that they are more likely to discuss current events, seek out different types of news, share stories and volunteer in their community.