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Welcome to Season 45 of NewsDepth!

NewsDepth is an award-winning instructional program that uses the news to connect Ohio third through eighth graders to the Common Core. NewsDepth invites students to respond to authentic non-fiction resources, providing opportunities for writing and deeper exploration.

  • View or download each weekly NewsDepth episode on this website. Now closed captioned on television AND the web! NewsDepth is taped on Wednesdays and each new episode is posted in late afternoon or early evening.
  • Each weekly online episode includes a description of each story, featured vocabulary, links to more information, pictures and video, as well as classroom lessons and writing activities.
  • Students can participate in each episode by sending their comments to . Several are featured each week, and many more are posted on the NewsDepth Speak Out page.
  • NewsDepth utilizes the concept of “deep learning,” to help students ask their own questions about the news, make new connections, and get in the flow of learning.

A 2012 survey showed that 91% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that NewsDepth video and web-based resources contribute to their teaching; and 74% agreed or strongly agreed that NewsDepth improves their students’ academic performance.

NewsDepth Season 45 Poem Contest

NewsDepth is Celebrating its 45th birthday this season, and we want to share the celebration with you. Celebrate with us by creating an Acrostic Poem that shares your classroom’s feelings toward this great show! Download the official rules and start writing.

Official Contest Rules & Entry Form

The Winning Classroom will receive a special visit from NewsDepth Host Rick Jackson or Ida Lieszkovszky. Winning classroom teachers will be notified by email. The Classroom Visit will be held on a mutually agreed upon date, selected from those listed below:

April 13, 2015 ~ April 15, 2015
April 20, 2015 ~ April 22, 2015
April 27, 2015 ~ April 29, 2015

Be sure to watch each week to see if your poem is highlighted on the show!

This Week's NewsDepth Episode:

NewsDepth for March 25, 2015

Click the link above to access full streaming and downloadable video from this week's program, topics featured, and available classroom activities.

Speak Out!

NewsDepth in Action

Meet the Hosts!

Meet the Hosts!

Rick Jackson has been the host of NewsDepth for several years. He is joined by co-host Ida Lieszkovszky. They both work as reporters, producers and hosts at WVIZ/PBS ideastream in Cleveland. Learn more about Rick and Ida!

Air Dates, Times & Stations

Wednesday 7:30 PM
Friday 4:30 AM / 1:00 PM

Other Ohio Stations
Find out if your local station carries NewsDepth.

2014-2015 School Year Schedule
This year’s full NewsDepth schedule is available.

Contact Us!

WVIZ/PBS ideastream®
Idea Center® at PlayhouseSquare
1375 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

NewsDepth Funding

NewsDepth is a production of WVIZ/PBS ideastream. NewsDepth is made possible in part by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.