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Challenge | 30-60 mins

End of the Year Reset #SRLShorts



As winter break approaches, it’s common to look back over the past year and remember goals, opportunities, successes, and even failures. It’s also a time when many people celebrate and take a break to spend time with loved ones. We want to hear about how you are saying goodbye to 2023!

ASSIGNMENT: Students will create short, vertical videos (Under 60 seconds). They can film either themselves or interview fellow peers.

We are encouraging students to first publish their responses on their school’s social media page. Please tag us @Reportinglabs on TikTok or @Studentreportinglabs on Instagram so we can see!

(This will be a challenge in which students will submit rapid response type answers to questions. The theme changes for #SRLShorts.)



We PRIMARILY are accepting videos in a VERTICAL format for social media. You can include horizontal but please film with enough space around your subject to allow for vertical cropping.

Please do not add captions to your videos! :)


Option 1: Share your own perspective

Using yourself on camera, tell your traditions/ plans for winter break. You can reflect on the past year and see how you progressed through the year. Did you accomplish your goals?

Option 2: Interview someone else

You can interview fellow teens and ask them to explain their plans or traditions when it comes to winter break. You can have them reflect on their past year and see how they progressed through the year. Did they accomplish their goals?

Central inquiry questions: Choose one or more question(s) to answer per student.

  • How do you wind down at the end of the year?
  • What traditions, either in school or in your home, do you partake in to celebrate the end of the year?
  • How do you spend time with your family when the year ends?
  • What are some things you do to prepare for the new year?
  • If you take time to reflect on 2023, what comes to mind? How do you feel about the past year?
  • Describe 2023 in one word.

Note: Please only send your top 5 responses per class.


Submit your best 3-5 responses here. Please do not include any text or music in your submissions. We are encouraging students to first publish their responses on their school’s social media page. Please tag us @Reportinglabs on TikTok or @Studentreportinglabs on Instagram so we can see!


Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.

Source: American Press institute


A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood). It can also be a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

Source: Merriam Webster

Human Interest

People are interested in other people. Everyone has something to celebrate and something to complain about. We like unusual stories of people who accomplish amazing feats or handle a life crisis because we can identify with them.


People are attracted to information that helps them make good decisions. If you like music, you find musician interviews relevant. If you’re looking for a job, the business news is relevant. We need to depend on relevant information that helps us make decisions.


A conversation between two or more people where the purpose is to gather information and facts. The interviewer asks questions and the interviewee provides information based on their knowledge about a specific topic or issue.


The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. A generally definition is the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. In media-making, creators can have empathy for their subjects and the audience can empathize with the characters.

Earth and Human Activity

Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. (NGSS HS-ESS3-1)


Historical understanding requires recognizing this multiplicity of points of view in the past, which makes it important to seek out a range of sources on any historical question rather than simply use those that are easiest to find. It also requires recognizing that perspectives change over time, so that historical understanding requires developing a sense of empathy with people in the past whose perspectives might be very different from those of today. (NCSS D2.His.4.9-12 - D2.His.8.9-12)

Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Demonstrate the use of basic tools and equipment used in audio, video and film production.

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. (ISTE)



Video Production


Social Media

Active Prompts





Camera or Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone


Estimated Time

30-60 mins