A-Town HS Participating in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Abingdon-Avon High School joins national PBS initiative to build next generation of public media journalists


Abingdon, IL  (September 13, 2018) - Abingdon-Avon High School announced its participation  in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program, “Learning to make videos for the schools broadcast is the  first step,” said teacher and program sponsor Sarah Horner. “We then, with the help of PBS, learn to create videos to show to a national audience. Students will learn to write, film and produce news stories just like the professional journalists.”  This summer, Mrs. Sarah Horner spent time in the Washington, DC and Shirlington, Virginia areas at the PBS National studios learning the craft of broadcast journalism to better instruct her students. Horner isn’t new to journalism and has brought the love of the profession into the AAHS classroom. Students, when not busy creating videos for PBS, work on videos and commercials for their own Atown Newsroom broadcast, known as the F5 Weekly and the Tornado Watch Facebook live. You can follow the students at AAHS on social media; Atown Newsroom on Facebook, atown_newsroom on Instagram, @AtownNewsroom on Twitter or find us on Snapchat at Atown Newsroom!

Media Contact: Sarah Horner shorner@atown276.net

About Student Reporting Labs

Student Reporting Labs provides middle and high schools with a unique video journalism curriculum, teacher professional development, mentorship and relationships with local public media stations to produce original stories that explore how critical national issues impact communities around the country. Visit PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.           


About PBS NewsHour                                                                                  

PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned nonprofit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, The PEW Charitable Trusts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll Foundation, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.