Radio Rookies

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Radio Rookies® is a New York Public Radio® initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world. Since 1999, Radio Rookies has been conducting workshops across New York, in predominantly under-resourced neighborhoods, training young people to use words and sounds to tell true stories. Upon completion, the Rookies' documentaries air on WNYC - usually during Morning Edition (5am to 9am weekdays on WNYC 93.9 FM, 6am to 10am on WNYC AM 820 and online at wnyc.org) Some documentaries also air nationally, often on NPR's All Things Considered. Radio Rookies typically runs one or two workshops a year, each lasting anywhere from four to eight months. During the workshops, Rookie Reporters learn everything about radio journalism: from how to conduct an interview and develop a story to how to craft a script and digitally edit their audio. There is no fee, and the program provides all the equipment and instruction needed.

Series

Caption: Staten Island 2011
6 Pieces

This Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winning series includes reports told by Staten Island Radio Rookies on everything from surviving Facebook drama to life in the foster care system to coming out as gay in the age of Lady Gaga.

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8 Pieces

The 2010 Radio Rookies Queens broadcast workshop was in partnership with the Flushing YMCA. The Queens Rookies reported stories about everything from gangs in schools, to what it’s like to have your dad deployed in Afghanistan, to online girl gamers.

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5 Pieces

The 2012 Radio Rookies Manhattan broadcast workshop was held in partnership with the McBurney YMCA on 14th Street in Manhattan. The Rookies' stories explore topics ranging from the immigration experience, to living with sickle cell disease, to the sexual harassment of teen girls on social media sites.


Pieces

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When seniors at a small public high school in the Bronx cast their votes for "Best Couple" they chose a pair they admire but who definitely defy th...

Bought by KSFR, KALW, XRAY.fm, WABE, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2011
  • Length: 04:48
  • Purchases: 9
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Last year at a routine check-up, 15-year-old Raymond Henderson decided to tell the truth. When his doctor noticed bruises on his neck, Raymond admi...

Bought by KFAI, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 07, 2010
  • Length: 09:54
  • Purchases: 3
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Kaddeem Wright enjoys reading philosophy and arguing with his friends about history and politics. With his smarts and innate curiosity about the wo...

Bought by The Story, KUT, Radijojo World Children's Radio Network, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 07, 2010
  • Length: 08:55
  • Purchases: 4
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In the past, hanging out with boys has gotten Jacuyra into trouble. But as a 16-year-old who doesn't often think about the consequences of her acti...

Bought by KUT, KVNF, PRX Remix, KFAI, and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 07, 2010
  • Length: 08:20
  • Purchases: 5
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Like most of the kids in her school and on her block, 16-year-old Josetta Adams used to listen to hip-hop. But when she slipped into a depression, ...

Bought by PRX Remix, KUT, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 07, 2010
  • Length: 09:08
  • Purchases: 3
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Keith Harris had a secret when he started school in the U.S. for the first time: he didn't know how to read and write.

Bought by WDBM, New Hampshire Public Radio, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 07, 2010
  • Length: 09:24
  • Purchases: 4
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Krystle loves her mom very much and she feels guilty about how hard her mom has worked to provide a good life for them, but Krystle sometimes wonde...

Bought by The Story, KUT, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 07, 2010
  • Length: 07:27
  • Purchases: 3
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Rookie Reporter Irina was born in Belarus 6 years after the Chernobyl disaster. She has always seen herself as a Chernobyl victim, but the more she...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 01, 2010
  • Length: 08:17
  • Purchases: 4
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17-years-old Vikky Cruz struggles to cope with her mother's illness, a rare genetic disease called neuroacanthytosis, and the ways it's taken over ...

Bought by Vocalo.org and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 01, 2010
  • Length: 09:37
  • Purchases: 2
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Rookie Reporter Erikka Diaz, like many of her neighbors in South Bronx, has lived in poverty her whole life. Her family knows well the anxiety that...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, The Story, Vocalo.org, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 01, 2010
  • Length: 09:17
  • Purchases: 5