Weaver Student Reporter Video Finalist for Presidential Debate

Weaver Student Reporter Video Finalist for Presidential Debate

When Weaver High School’s Kemani Campbell interviewed R.J. Kinsella Performing Arts Magnet School’s Donovan Shaw about what he would ask candidates in the upcoming Democratic Presidential debate, the high school junior had no way of knowing the video might be selected to air nationally. The chances improved dramatically when PBS NewsHour selected the interview for possible broadcast on Dec. 19.

A call for videos by debate hosts PBS and Politico generated video entries from 20 PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs across the United States. A total of 88 students accepted the challenge and just 17 were chosen for their broadcast potential, including the Weaver High School – R.J. Kinsella Performing Arts Magnet School entry.

“This collaboration of Weaver High School and R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts students is a glimpse of the powerful synergy possible with two dynamic student populations,” said Paul Pfeffer, multimedia teacher at Weaver and a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab instructor. “The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab is a great vehicle to amplify student voice on a national scale.”

Pfeffer and the students have their fingers crossed for their entry to be chosen for airing during the live debate, which will take place in Los Angeles on December 19 and be broadcast on CPTV in Connecticut and PBS stations nationwide.

Weaver is home to an Academy of Journalism and Media, which offers students traditional college-career core academics combined with cutting-edge learning in the fast-paced fields of journalism, technology and media.

About the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs from https://studentreportinglabs.org/about/.