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2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR PROMPTS


OVERVIEW

2024-2025 Prompts

Students will have many different ways to create stories this school year. Everything from fun, vertical social media videos, to audio stories about role models for season five of SRL’s podcast On Our Minds, and in-depth video projects covering current events and the 2024 elections, to other topics including America’s hidden histories, climate change, and stories about immigrants and first-generation Americans. Selected student work will be featured on national, regional and local news outlets and social media– including the PBS NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms.

VIDEO PRODUCTION

NOTE: The SRL team evaluates pieces based on this criteria. Please be sure your stories incorporate these requirements.

NEW THIS YEAR! PITCH YOUR STORY

This year, instead of submitting fully produced stories, SRL invites students to pitch their story ideas first.

PRO TIPS BEFORE BEFORE PITCHING YOUR STORY:

  • RESEARCH: Spend time doing research, talk to people you’d like to interview, and shape your story idea.
  • WATCH: this short video about pitching
  • REVIEW: this pitch example before submitting your idea.

SUBMIT YOUR PITCH:

  • Submit your pitch using this form (note: form coming in August!) on or before Friday, November 14, 2024. Pitches will also be accepted on a rolling basis August 1, 2024 through February 1, 2025.

SUCCESSFUL PITCHES WILL:

  • Show clear evidence of research
  • Tell a compelling story
  • List specific people you intend to interview

If your pitch is selected, you will work with an SRL Youth Media Producer to further develop your story for publication. If selected, a team member will contact you within three weeks of your submission.

PODCAST/AUDIO PRODUCTION

OOM Season 5: Podcast and Audio Storytelling - Student Reporting Labs’ award-winning podcast, On Our Minds, explore the teenage experience –made by teens for teens! Season 5 will explore the theme: “Who Inspires You?” We invite Student reporters to crate audio stories and interviews that highlight people they look up to, including friends, families, trams, schools communities, or people in the public sphere.

RAPID RESPONSES & SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS

Look for these throughout the year.

CHECK OUT STUDENT-PRODUCED STORIES FROM THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR

RESOURCES

COMING AUGUST 2024!

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2-6 Weeks