P.S. Weekly: A New Podcast by Chalkbeat and The Bell Introduces the Students Behind the Microphones

Welcome to P.S. Weekly, a podcast produced by students that sheds light on significant topics within the nation’s largest educational system. The team consists of 11 student producers from various public high schools who collaborate with NY’s journalists to deliver unique stories, perspectives, and commentary.

Prepare to listen to the New York City school system in a whole new way.

Join us next week as and The Bell debut P.S. Weekly, a podcast created by students exploring critical issues impacting students and exploring potential solutions.

Episodes will be released every Wednesday morning this spring, beginning on March 27. Each episode will address a different topic such as migrant students, book bans, and career readiness. Under the guidance of veteran executive producer JoAnn DeLuna, 11 high school interns take on roles as hosts, reporters, producers, and sound engineers. They are spearheading engagement efforts, crafting social media content, and summarizing episodes.

Check out the teaser for the show below. To subscribe to P.S. Weekly, head to major podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

For the past decade, has been a prominent source of education news in the nation’s largest school district. The Bell, established seven years ago, swiftly rose to prominence as a leading provider of audio journalism internships for NYC public high school students from marginalized backgrounds.

This partnership is crucial given recent findings from a 2022 study, revealing that only about 1 in 4 NYC public high schools have a student newspaper or news outlet. For schools with high poverty rates, this number drops to a mere 7%. The students who receive the least support in the educational system also have the least access to platforms for sharing their stories.

Through The Bell, high school interns for the podcast collaborate with NY’s experienced reporters and editors to create a series that will become a must-listen for students, educators, parents, and policymakers. The show will feature the latest education news, on-the-ground reports, and in-depth conversations with students, educators, and experts.

Consider this your pass to understanding issues within the NYC public school system, providing access and insights you can’t find anywhere else.

We want to hear from you. Share with us what topics you’d like us to cover. Connect with us at .

Meet the team:

Three portraits of three individuals on a black background.
From left, Salma Baksh, a senior at Forest Hills High School, Bernie Carmona, a junior at The Beacon School and Dorothy Ha, a senior at Stuyvesant High School. (Courtesy Images)

Salma Baksh, senior

Forest Hills High School, Queens

Salma, the editor-in-chief of The Beacon school paper, is also the co-founder of Youth Informed and co-president of Double Up, a peer mentoring club. When not writing emails, Salma delves into building a second brain.

Bernie Carmona, junior

The Beacon School, Manhattan

Bernie actively engages with the Bronx Documentary Center and Google’s Code Next Program focused on computer science. Apart from academics, Bernie enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, and capturing NYC’s streets through photography.

Dorothy Ha, senior

Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan

Dorothy holds leadership positions in the school yearbook, theater, poetry club, and art history club. During her free time, Dorothy indulges in art museum visits and crossword puzzles.

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From left, Tanvir Kaur, a senior at Academy of American Studies, Shoaa Khan, a senior at Landmark High School and Marcellino Melika, a junior at Francis Lewis High School. (Courtesy Images)

Tanvir Kaur, senior

Academy of American Studies, Queens

Tanvir writes for The Academy Gazette and is the editor and producer at the Bronx Documentary Center while also being a part of the NYC Youth Journalism Coalition. When not in the newsroom, Tanvir enjoys singing Indian classical music and playing harmonium and mandolin.

Shoaa Khan, senior

Landmark High School, Manhattan

Shoaa contributes to the school’s student government and volleyball team. She finds pleasure in painting, watching movies, and exploring new cafes with friends.

Marcellino Melika, junior

Francis Lewis High School, Queens

Marcellino jump-started his journalism journey in the school’s journalism academy and is an active member of the Science Olympiad team and orchestra as a cellist. Marcellino also dedicates his time to helping others.

Three portraits of three individuals on a black background.
From left, Santana Roach, a senior at Frederick Douglass Academy II, Christian Rojas Linares, a senior at University Neighborhood High School and Jose Santana, a senior at Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School. (Courtesy Images)

Santana Roach, senior

Frederick Douglass Academy II, Manhattan

Santana enjoys mentoring peers, engaging in conversations, tackling intellectual challenges, and modeling his involvement in extracurriculars as an example for fellow students. In his leisure time, Santana enjoys viewing cartoons, conversing with friends and family.

Christian Rojas Linares, senior

University Neighborhood High School, Manhattan

Christian participates in school activities and leverages AI technology for academic assistance. He tunes in to various podcasts like Science VS, The Daily, and more in his spare time.

Jose Santana, senior

Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School, Bronx

Jose is the class president at his school and leads the podcast/YouTube club. Outside school, you’ll find him buried in books, strumming his guitar or saxophone, playing hoops, or experimenting with tech.

Three portraits of thee individuals on a black background.
From left, Sanaa Stokes, a junior at Professional Performing Arts School, Ava Stryker-Robbins, a senior at The Beacon School and JoAnn DeLuna the executive producer. (Courtesy Images)

Sanaa Stokes, junior

Professional Performing Arts School, Manhattan

Sanaa, a drama major, is involved in the Black Student Union, Global Glimpse, and serves as vice president of the Women Advancement and Liberation Club. When not rehearsing lines, she enjoys watching romantic comedies.

Ava Stryker-Robbins, senior

The Beacon School, Manhattan

Ava co-leads the school’s literary magazine, reports for the West Side Rag, and organizes for the NY Civil Liberties Union’s Teen Activist Project. She’s a former participant of The Bell’s Summer Youth Podcast Academy and the City Limits Accountability Reporting Initiative for Youth. Ava also indulges in reading, playing classical guitar, and knitting.

JoAnn DeLuna, executive producer

JoAnn, an award-winning bilingual journalist and audio producer from Texas, has managed podcasts for Sony, Pushkin, and NPR. She transitioned from print reporting to audio storytelling and now leads P.S. Weekly alongside the team.

P.S. Weekly is a joint effort between The Bell and with generous support from The Pinkerton Foundation.

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