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Canyon High School Pitches to PBS SoCal Production Team

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On Jan. 22, 2020 students from Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, California came to PBS SoCal’s Burbank offices for a Story Pitch workshop. This Student Reporting Labs class worked in small groups to craft a local news story based on something happening in the students' own communities. Students developed a diverse set of story ideas that ranged in topic from the diversity of their community and its resiliency following the recent school shooting at neighboring Saugus High School to a feature on a community organization doing good work, overcrowding in school classes and what young people do for fun in Santa Clarita.

After students had a chance to hone their pitches, six staff members from our production and digital departments joined the students in their groups and listened to pitches. Staff gave feedback on what they heard and spoke with students about their career paths. 

PBS SoCal and KCET staff talk about their career paths with Canyon High School students. | Carla Pineda
1/6 PBS SoCal and KCET staff talk about their career paths with Canyon High School students. | Carla Pineda
Canyon High School students share their story pitch ideas with SoCaL Connected's Executive Producer, Karen Foshay. | Carla Pineda
2/6 Canyon High School students share their story pitch ideas with SoCaL Connected's Executive Producer, Karen Foshay. | Carla Pineda
Students share their pitch ideas with Carren Jao, a digital producer. | Carla Pineda
3/6 Students share their pitch ideas with Carren Jao, a digital producer. | Carla Pineda
Students share their pitch ideas with Dan Leonard, an editor. | Carla Pineda
4/6 Students share their pitch ideas with Dan Leonard, an editor. | Carla Pineda
SoCal Connected Executive Producer, Karen Foshay, shares her story pitchng tips. | Carla Pineda
5/6 SoCal Connected Executive Producer, Karen Foshay, shares her story pitchng tips. | Carla Pineda
Canyon High School students listen to a presentation. | Carla Pineda
6/6 Canyon High School students listen to a presentation. | Carla Pineda

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