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Houston High Schoolers Share Their Take On The News Media

Students from Jersey Village High School talk about their media consumption habits, which sources they trust, and whether they’d consider a career in journalism.

A person reads the news on a smartphone.

President Trump released his long-promised Fake News Awards this week for what he calls “the most corrupt and biased of the mainstream media.”

Denigrating the media has become a common tactic for the President in his first year in office. Amid that — and in an age when what even defines the media and journalism depends in large measure on who’s doing the defining — we wondered how young people are consuming news and reacting to it.

Students from the PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab at Jersey Village High School.

So, last year (March 14, 2017), Houston Matters host Craig Cohen visited Jersey Village High School to ask members of the PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab, led by their teacher, Cindy Stoker.

The students talked about their media consumption habits, how they know which sources to trust, and whether or not they’d consider a career in journalism.

Cindy Stoker leads the PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab at Houston’s Jersey Village High School.

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