Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) Media Lab Teams Up with the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Release Date: 04/13/2010

High School Students from New Haven, Waterbury and Terryville Participate

The CPBN Media Lab is mentoring three Connecticut high schools – Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven, Crosby High School in Waterbury and Terryville High School in Terryville in an exciting citizen journalist pilot program with PBS NewsHour, the nation’s first and only hour-long nightly broadcast of national news. The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs combine individual classrooms with local area journalists and the national NewsHour team to produce local video news reports.
 
“I am so glad the CPBN Media Lab was asked to join this PBS NewsHour pilot program,” said Paul Pfeffer, manager of online content for CPBN. “While we primarily train undergraduate and post-graduate college students, the chance to influence an even younger generation of citizen journalists is very exciting.” 
 
The CPBN Media Lab is working closely with Matthew Worwood, digital media program specialist, at Education Connection in Litchfield, Connecticut. Education Connection offers programs and services to promote quality education. In collaboration with their Center for 21st Century Skills program, the CPBN Media Lab produced PowerPoint presentations on journalism skills (which included interactive online journalism games from Poyntner.org), delivered via WebEx online conferencing. The Center for 21st Century Skills is dedicated to designing and delivering programs and resources that facilitate and foster the development of core academic, communication, creative-thinking and problem-solving capabilities, leading to innovation and high performance in secondary education and in the workplace.
 
Dan Oleksiw, a teacher at Terryville High School, commented on CPBN Media Lab’s presentations. “There was a lot of good information in there. It was very cool, and a unique experience for many of my students.”
 
The Media Lab also conducted educational sessions via Skype and participated in a national conference call with student reporting labs from across the country, including Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; and Austin, Texas, as well as with program mentors and the PBS NewsHour team.
 
Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is a project that examines how broadband connectivity, open-source platforms and public media can help to produce an informed and engaged public. The project runs from February 2010 to January 2011. NewsHour journalists provide footage, sources and industry mentors for the Student Reporting Labs. Over the course of the project, students develop and report on three topics, using video, blogs and podcasts to showcase their final products. Final reports will be featured on the NewsHour Web site, YouTube and other venues. The Connecticut student video news reports also will be submitted to the Connecticut Student Film Festival (CTSFF), which takes place on May 7, 2010, in Danbury.
About the CPBN Media Lab
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) Media Lab is a hands-on educational production unit. It is a service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). Over the past two years, the CPBN Media Lab has provided real world training for students from the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, University of Hartford, Quinnipiac University, Central Connecticut State University, Syracuse University, Emerson College, Amherst College, University of Rhode Island, Smith College and Springfield College. The CPBN Media Lab has produced a multi-part web original series on metal bats in Little League baseball, Foul Play; the history, facts and the promise of young voters participating in the democratic process, Youth Vote; and the history and effects of political corruption in Connecticut, Corrupticut. Online features include profiles of the Newington Children's Theatre Company and the UConn Pep Band. The Media Lab also completed a documentary airing on the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN) about four Connecticut based high school teams and their efforts in the FIRSTS robotics competition called RoboNation: CT FIRST. Current projects include the Outdoor Enthusiast and (I)NTERVIEW, a series of conversations with Connecticut’s most recognizable people – literally, “names you know, stories you don’t.”
About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentariesand educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The CBPN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cpbn.org.
 
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