HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH REPORTER APPLICATION (2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR) -- Apply by 5/24/13


Opportunity & Application Procedure

As a community valuing youth engagement and youth voice, Pittsburgh Youth Media created a High School Youth Reporter program in Fall 2012. This program is designed to recruit, train and encourage a diverse team of students to cover local, regional and national issues from their perspective. High School Youth Reporters produce stories presenting fact and opinion using journalistic writing, creative writing, photography, audio, video, original art and more for broad publication via traditional media (i.e., print, television and radio) and web-based platforms. During last year's program, 42 students from 26 school districts produced nearly 100 stories during their onsite coverage of the five-day One Young World 2012 Summit in Pittsburgh. Based on the success of last year's program, Pittsburgh Youth Media is again seeking applications from rising high school students (i.e., entering Grades 9 through 12 in Fall 2013) to serve as High School Youth Reporters during the 2013-2014 school year. Students who would like to become Youth Reporters must fill out the application below and submit it by May 24, 2013. Applicants will be notified of their status on or around May 31st.

Overview of Responsibilities

Following selection and training, the first major event will be coverage of the October 18-20, 2013 Remaking Cities Conference at Carnegie Mellon. This conference is expected to draw 500-plus attendees from the U.S., Europe and other parts off the world. They will discuss the nature of today's cities, progress and imperatives for their sustainability, best practices and more. This internationally-acclaimed conference debuted 25 years ago with Prince Charles as its keynote speaker. Following the Remaking Cities Conference, High School Youth Reporters are expected to continue publishing stories about other local, national and global issues throughout the school year.

Schedule & Commitment

A detailed schedule is below. Please read the details carefully as your application certifies that you are committing yourself to a one-year program. This commitment requires mandatory attendance at several training sessions, the Remaking Cities Conference, and an ongoing commitment to publish at least 6 additional stories throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Participation throughout the school year will require approximately 4 to 8 hours per week. This requirement is mandatory to ensure that participants and the community achieve maximum benefit for the program. -- Now to 5/24/13: Submit this application and reserve the evening of 6/11 for an orientation if you are selected -- 5/31: Applicants notified of status on or about this date -- 6/11: Evening orientation for successful applicants and families -- 6/12 to 9/30: Receive, read and respond to articles and training materials -- Early October (dates to be announced): Attend 1.5-day Media Boot Camp held one evening (4 to 8 pm) and one full school day (8 am to 4 pm) -- 10/18 to 10/20: Serve as High School Youth Reporter during the Remaking Cities Conference at Carnegie Mellon -- 10/21/13 to 5/31/14: Continue as a trained and experienced High School Youth Reporter, devoting approximately 4 to 8 hours per week in covering, writing, editing and publishing stories of interest to you and as determined by the High School Youth Reporter Assignment Desk. This is an incredible opportunity to interact with world leaders, learn more about local and global issues, and represent the youth of Pittsburgh to a large and engaged audience. This is a rigorous program that demands a serious commitment. Prior to applying, you must be sure of your ability to fulfill all obligations and deadlines, as participants must meet these expectations, to the fullest, without exception. There is no cost to participate in this program and student expenses will be covered.

About Us

Pittsburgh Youth Media is comprised of leaders from multiple education and media organizations, including Carlow University, SLB Radio Productions, Consortium for Public Education, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Community Television and WQED Multimedia. Please visit www.pghyouthmedia.org for examples of past reporting from Pittsburgh Youth Media. Please contact slb@slbradio.org if you have any questions about the program or application process.