Issue Seminars

Issue Seminars are designed to gather the resources that help you succeed as reporters. With two hours to explore, students will meet the experts and those with first-hand experience and then spend time developing strategies to use this information and localize further for their own school media.


Immigration has been called the civil rights issue of our time, yet it is one of the most difficult issues to cover, in part because undocumented students are fearful of speaking openly for  deportation. In this seminar, meet with a panel of experts that includes the editor and reporters from the KPBS Fronteras desk and students who have first-hand experience with immigration to explore issues such as the separation of families due to deportation, the DREAM Act, drivers licenses for immigrants (now legal in California), immigration reform and other issues that are relevant to students and school communities. 9-10:50 a.m. Friday.

Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt has grown to $1.2 trillion; that’s more than people have racked up in credit card bills or auto loans. The estimated 40 million Americans who have taken out loans to attend college and trade schools each owe about $30,000 on average. That burden weighs down many young people, keeping some stuck with Mom and Dad, putting off marriage and from buying homes. College graduates will talk about the role student loans have played in their lives, and university officials will outline what high school students should consider as they look at financing their college years. 10-11:50 a.m. Friday.

First Amendment

The First Amendment guarantees Freedom of Assembly; add the Equal Access Act and students should have the ability to start a myriad of clubs which support their interests and issues. Many school districts, however, are still barring non-academic clubs in order to stop groups focused on student interests deemed controversial by school boards or administration. Come hear from a panel of experts including student advocates from GLSEN and a First Amendment lawyer on the legalities and loopholes of forming clubs on campus, why school officials are wary of student clubs, as well as why many organizations feel campus involvement is vital for student success in high school. 10-11:50 a.m. Saturday.