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October 3, 2023

Student Journalists Highlight Food Cost Disparities in Low-Income Areas

Ask students: How did the Hyde Square Task Force carry out the research? What did the research team find?


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This story was produced at the 2023 Student Reporting Labs Summer Academy by fellows Effie Gross, Precious Foreman, Sriya Tallapragada, and Mielat Zeray, Youth Media Producer Christopher Schwalm, SRL Educator Michael Conrad and Executive Director Leah Clapman.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Where did this research take place?
  • Who led the research project?
  • How did the Hyde Square Task Force carry out the research?
  • What did the research team find?
  • Why did the researchers report their findings to the media?

Focus Questions

What impact do you think this research project might have had on the community where the students lived? What do you think was their most effective strategy for making a difference?

Media Literacy: Why do you think this story was produced by students? What does having students making the story add to the story overall?

Extension Activity

How can you make a difference in your own neighborhood? As a class, discuss a local issue that might need more attention. Then outline a strategy:

  • How can you find out more about the topic?
  • Who can help you?
  • Once you know more about the topic, how can you make a difference?

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

PBS NewsHour Classroom

PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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