What news stories do students want to see in 2019?

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Directions: Read the summary, watch the video and then answer the discussion questions. Your students may find it helpful to follow along using the transcript

Summary: Middle and high school students across the U.S. recently shared what issues they would like to see the news media cover in 2019. Check out what they had to say! Students featured in the piece come from the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL), a program that teaches middle and high school students about journalism and media literacy. To learn more, see the SRL website here.



Discussion questions: 

1) Essential question:  Why is it important for media outlets to include a diverse array of voices (age, race, gender, income, disabilities, etc.) in news stories?

2) What types of stories would you like to see covered in the news more?

3) Media literacy questions: Do student-produced videos provide a different type of news story than videos produced by adults? Explain your response. What steps do you think SRL reporters had to complete in order to produce this story for a national news organization?

4) You may have heard the term “Student Voice” in school or over social media. What does “Student Voice” mean to you? If you think you have a good idea for an opinion piece, consider sending a pitch to NewsHour Extra’s Student Voice blogThe blog is full of powerful, original pieces by students. Write Victoria Pasquantonio at [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!


Visit PBS NewsHour Extra for more education resources designed to help teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories. You can read the original story here@NewsHourExtra