High school to become PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab site

group shot PBSBRFHS  student media adviser Julie Tiedens joined over 30 teachers and mentors at the 2013 PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Bootcamp July 19-21 in Washington, DC.

Tiedens watched a taping of PBS NewsHour, collaborated with other teachers to film, interview and edit a news package and learned more about the Student Reporting Lab program.

As school opens this fall, students in Writing 1 will work with a PBS news professional who will act as a mentor and guide them in creating student-generated news video reports. BRFHS students both in and outside of Writing 1 will also take part in interviews on timely topics submitted to PBS NewsHour for possible inclusion on the NewsHour Extra website or national broadcast.

The Reporting Labs were made possible by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Science Foundation, and Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.

Nationwide, 42 schools, after-school programs and clubs host Student Reporting Lab sites. Black River Falls High School is the only reporting lab site in the state of Wisconsin.