Jailen Leavell, a Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP) High student, is among only 20 students nationwide selected as fellows for PBS NewsHour’s summer Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington, D.C.
The students will work with public media mentors to produce original digital content and sharpen their journalism and production skills. According to PBS, the students “will also help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people with the news and current affairs and ensure that diverse youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation.”
This school year, the students have contributed to the NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms by reporting on how their peers view racial tensions in their communities and how young people are breaking down gender stereotypes.
Jailen also hosted the February episode of Our Kids, the award-winning, 30-minute, monthly JCPS television program that highlights students and schools.