Dominion High School Student Wins PBS Grant

Dominion High School junior Morgan Fischer was one of 25 students from 17 states accepted as summer fellows for the PBS Student Reporting Labs.

Fischer spent the last week of June in an intense program in the Washington, DC, area sharpening her journalism, camera and editing skills. This included working with three other students to film and produce a news segment that week.

Fischer learned from mentor Jordan Vesey, a PBS “NewsHour” producer, along with others from “NewsHour.” The piece she helped produce is about the U.S. Navy Band and can be viewed at

Mitch Schwartz, Fischer’s journalism teacher, attended the teacher academy held in July at the WETA/NewsHour offices in Arlington. Schwartz was one of 30 educators from across the country taking part in the annual workshop.

Earlier this year, Fischer was one of four Dominion students who produced “Tiny Coders,” a story about the Code to the Future program in three Loudoun County Public Schools elementary schools. The segment aired April 10th on “NewsHour,” and was one of 38 Student Reporting Lab-produced stories to air in the eight years of SRL.

Dominion High School’s newspaper class announced in October its participation in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program, a national journalism initiative by the PBS NewsHour to connect middle and high school students with public media stations to produce original, youth-focused news reports.

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