By Thaisi Da Silva for PBS NewsHourWhat do an eighth grade news anchor from Newark, N.J., a three-time student Emmy winner from Michigan and Montana’s Journalist of the Year scholarship winner all have in common?
These students, along with eight other youth journalists from across the country, are this year’s PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars. The nomination process included teachers and peers, who submitted videos outlining the All-Stars’ contributions to journalism and public media.
Students participating in the Reporting Labs program work with public media mentors from their local stations to produce original news reports. Their work is featured on the national Student Reporting Labs website, the NewsHour’s Rundown and broadcast.
NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow believes it is important for public media outlets to support young journalists.
“I want them to deliver the kind of quality that we encourage today — journalism that makes people better informed citizens of the world,” she said.
Student Reporting Labs is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that is helping local communities keep more students on the path to a high school diploma, college and successful careers.
Sophie Sabin is an eighth-grader at Philip’s Academy Charter School in Newark. An honor roll student and star reporter for Student Reporting Labs, she is also a senior assistant editor, reporter and anchor for the school’s in-house weekly broadcast, “News You Can Use.” In addition, Sophie participates in the school’s fiber arts program and tutors fellow students in math. She was born in Haiti and moved to the United States with her family when she was 3 years old and currently lives in East Orange.
“Sophie Sabin is one of those students, who come along only once every decade, whom one could truly imagine, despite a disadvantaged childhood in Newark, someday being elected President of the United States,” said Sara Mosle of Philip’s Academy Charter School.
NJTV News Correspondent Lauren Wanko mentored Sabin.
WATCH SOPHIE SABIN’S NOMINATION VIDEO:
To see all the students named to the program, click here.