Meet the Next Generation of Public Media Producers
Monday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
If you were given the opportunity to produce news for the PBS NewsHour as a teenager, what stories would you tell? How would your videos be different from news produced by adults? This session is a unique conversation about the future of public media and news with high school students from Student Reporting Labs, a video journalism program in 100 schools around the country. These young producers will explore the intersections of learning, activism, filmmaking, journalism, creativity and current events.
Managing Editor, Education
Leah Clapman makes things happen at the intersection of journalism and education. She created Student Reporting Labs with the idea that video journalism is a powerful form of project-based learning...Show the rest
Leah Clapman makes things happen at the intersection of journalism and education. She created Student Reporting Labs with the idea that video journalism is a powerful form of project-based learning and that the future of quality, non-commercial news depends on cultivating the next generation of storytellers. She finds inspiration in classrooms, hanging out with teachers and teenagers, and visiting newsrooms around the country. The SRL program connects schools to their local PBS stations in tangible and lasting ways, producing unique youth-focused content, mentorships, internships and community mobilization around critical issues.
Leah helped launch the PBS NewsHour website and spent long evenings hand coding pages and tossing floppy discs across the room to co-editors. She advises youth media, civics and participatory projects and served on the board for Rock the Vote’s civics initiative and PBS Digital’s teacher research group. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, a musician and high school history teacher, their two children and a new kitten.Hide the rest
Thaisi Da Silva
PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs
Thaisi Da Silva is the Director of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program, a national initiative that connects middle and high school students with public media stations to produce origina...Show the rest
Thaisi Da Silva is the Director of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program, a national initiative that connects middle and high school students with public media stations to produce original news reports. As director, she oversee the work of teachers, students and mentors across the country as they implement a media literacy curriculum and discover important stories in their communities. Most recently, Da Silva has been a main contributor and writer of the STEM Student Reporting Labs curriculum, which encourages students be curious, to improve the public’s STEM literacy and create unique news content that helps young people understand and care about the world around them. During her time at the NewsHour, Da Silva has held many different roles including program coordinator, assistant editor and helped oversee mobile polling efforts during the national American Graduate Teacher Town Halls.Hide the rest