Dominion High School has been selected to participate in PBS NewsHour’s national journalism program that equips students to produce original, youth-focused news reports.
The program is partnering with schools in 42 states. Mitchell Schwartz, who teaches journalism at Dominion High School, said his students were excited to hear about the opportunity. “How many kids can write to colleges and say, ‘I produced content for PBS NewsHour,’” he said. “We’re thrilled.”
He asked students to begin to come up with story ideas to report and produce for the program. Dominion students are required to report three big stories throughout the academic year. Each news story has to be a maximum of three minutes and include 25 different shots.
Dominion’s first project will be to report on Loudoun County’s new computer science immersion elementary schools. Their stories will be aired on the national NewsHour site and the nightly broadcast, which reaches more than one million viewers each night. Teachers will help program leaders develop curriculum to teach teens about journalism and public affairs.
“Passionate educators are the glue that hold this program together,” said program founder Leah Clapman. “Every year we discover new ways to expand and improve SRL, with the most innovative and effective ideas coming straight from the teachers on the front lines.”