A Nationally Recognized Program

The SBMS Teen Press is an online media publication representing teens and families in the Santa Barbara area and the local region, covering newsworthy events and individuals, and reviewing films, concerts and performances in Santa Barbara and beyond.

Operating out of Santa Barbara Middle School, the Teen Press has traveled to Washington, D.C. to cover the inauguration of President Obama and again in 2015, to Austin,TX to cover South by Southwest Festivals, twice to Las Vegas to INTERBIKE to review products and interview bicycle noteworthies, and three times to San Francisco to cover Macworld Expo as well as business, science, arts and education leaders, and to Sacramento to explore state government.

The Teen Press was originally formed in order to cover the 22nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which it continues to report on annually (23rd24th25th26th27th28th29th...and now the 31st!), and has since covered diverse topics including global warminggun violencecity planning and the controversy surrounding the Santa Barbara News Press.

In 2015 filmmakers TC Johnstone and Ryan Scheer documented some of the work of TEEN PRESS Team 26 in order to make "TEEN PRESS: The Movie", the first part of an effort to spread the idea of our special type of student journalism to other schools across the country. Please check the movie website to find ways to bring TEEN PRESS to your area.

Recent News

Coverage from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Team 28

NAIS Annual Conference in San Francisco

Team 27

Team 29