Student Reporting Labs’ award-winning podcast, On Our Minds, explores the teenage experience – made by teens for teens!
The goal of the podcast is to share powerful and honest STORIES and INTERVIEWS that document teen life, mental health, and wellbeing and provide tips and resources for how we can better support each other.
Students can produce an audio story during the fall or spring semesters. We have two sets of deadlines:
FALL DEADLINES – for audio stories about MUSIC; MASCULINITY; and SUCCESS
WINTER/SPRING DEADLINES – for audio stories about GUNS, LAWS, and INTERNATIONAL (note: stories about these themes can be produced earlier than the deadlines)
Listen to a few episodes of On Our Minds. For example: From FOMO to Euphoria: How social life affects teen mental health and LGBTQ+ teens on coming out to their immigrant parents.
As individuals or in small groups, talk about what you heard:
READ TO YOUR SUBJECT:
Before we begin, I want you to know that your story will be edited and may be included in a series by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. This podcast will be available to the public. That’s why it’s so important for you to only share what you’re comfortable with everybody knowing about you. If I ask you any questions during the interview that make you feel uncomfortable, you don’t need to answer them. And if you want to stop at any time, just let me know. Also for this story, would you like to be identified by first name only or remain anonymous?
Do you have any questions or concerns before we start? (If anyone has concerns or questions, please reach out to SRL for advice.) I also want to share with you a list of helpful, mental health resources: studentreportinglabs.org/mentalhealthresources/
Try to tell the STORY (not just opinions) of the young person/people featured. The best stories are ones that bring to life: characters and their emotions, scenes and actions, challenges and conflicts. Stories show some kind of CHALLENGE and CHANGE: something happens and a character is changed. And what makes the story interesting? Specific details!
Some guiding questions to ask another person (or yourself):