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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Fifteen-year-old Xavier Stovall takes a close look at teen sex.

  • Added: Feb 27, 2008
  • Length: 04:12
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Every year, American schools graduate roughly 65,000 students who are barred from legal employment because they don't have documentation. Even with...

Bought by Third Coast International Audio Festival


  • Added: Nov 16, 2007
  • Length: 06:39
  • Purchases: 1
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Teenager Sara Martinez has to look after her younger brother, who is autistic, and serve as a translator for her parents, who speak limited English.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WJCT, KUOW, KFAI, KUOW and more


  • Added: Nov 16, 2007
  • Length: 07:04
  • Purchases: 8
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Rocky takes listeners through the decision to have weight loss surgery and the aftermath

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Outer Voices, Hearing Voices, KGLT, KVNF and more


  • Added: Jul 10, 2007
  • Length: 10:15
  • Purchases: 8
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Rookie Reporter Veralyn Williams reports on the use of the N-word.

Bought by WRNC-LP, KFAI, YouthCast, WBEZ, SpiritHouse Inc/Youth Noise Network and more


  • Added: Jul 05, 2007
  • Length: 06:28
  • Purchases: 6
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Elmhurst Rookie, Amina Tariq, asks us why do we gossip? Amina sets out to find out what it all means.

Bought by SpiritHouse Inc/Youth Noise Network and WXLV-FM


  • Added: Jul 05, 2007
  • Length: 08:17
  • Purchases: 2
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Wen Ou tells about her struggle to maintain a connection with her homeland in China.

Bought by KUOW, WXLV-FM, KCUR, and WXLV-FM


  • Added: Dec 18, 2006
  • Length: 08:13
  • Purchases: 4
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Allison Jones excels academically, but struggles with how her peers in her Brooklyn neighborhood pressure her for ?talking white.?

Bought by The Story, KUOW, NPR Station Showcase with PRX, KFAI, WMPG and more


  • Added: Dec 18, 2006
  • Length: 05:23
  • Purchases: 6
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Angely Tavares considers her parents choice to immigrate to New York city for a better life from her beloved Domincan Republic.

Bought by WNPR, The Story, WMNF, KFAI, WXLV-FM and more


  • Added: Dec 18, 2006
  • Length: 08:10
  • Purchases: 6
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Edward Llanos digs into his family's past to uncover the lasting effects of his brush with a near-fatal illness.

Bought by WXLV-FM and KRCB Voice of Youth


  • Added: Dec 18, 2006
  • Length: 07:32
  • Purchases: 2