As one of only 20 student journalists from across the U.S. selected for the PBS NewsHour Fellowship, Stefanie Gutierrez, a junior at Las Cruces High School, is set to spend one week this summer working to advance the future of journalism and public media at the third annual Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington, D.C. To date, Gutierrez is the only student from New Mexico to earn the fellowship since it was first established in 2015.

PBS NewsHour Fellow

PBS NewsHour Fellow Stefanie Gutierrez

“Earning a national fellowship of this magnitude takes talent, hard work and determination,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “It’s great to see a student taking on a challenge that will help lay the groundwork for a long and successful career.”

As part of the fellowship, Gutierrez and the other budding journalists will, “work alongside public media mentors to produce original digital content, sharpen their journalism and production skills, help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people with the news and current affairs, and ensure that diverse youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation,” according to the PBS NewsHour website.

“I’ve always loved storytelling, and being a minority from a small town in the U.S. made me feel like I had no voice,” Gutierrez said in an interview published on the 2017 SLR Academy Tumblr website. “…Storytelling gave me the opportunity to give others a voice to make sure they did not feel alone and voiceless. There’s something about telling other people’s stories that gives me so much joy.”

During the 2016-17 school year, Gutierrez and the other NewsHour Fellows contributed to the NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms with Letters to the Next President, stories of New Americans, 13 Reasons Why and two upcoming series on overcoming disabilities and America’s National Parks.

Student Reporting Labs is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s make it happen initiative, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award, according to the PBS NewsHour website.

For information about the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, visit srlacademy2017.tumblr.com, facebook.com/StudentReportingLabs or follow @reportinglabs on Twitter.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808.