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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Bronx teen Judith Rudge turns to poetry to express her experience as an outsider.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, New Hampshire Public Radio, PRX to iTunes, WBHM, New Hampshire Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 18, 2006
  • Length: 06:48
  • Purchases: 6
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Catalina Punete tells the story of her romantic crush that turned into an obsession.

Bought by PRX Remix and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 03, 2006
  • Length: 13:56
  • Purchases: 2
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Jaimita Haskell takes listeners inside the problems of academic tracking.

Bought by YouthCast and WNPR


  • Added: Jun 01, 2006
  • Length: 08:18
  • Purchases: 2
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Janesse reports on her father's herion addiction.

Bought by WITF, New Hampshire Public Radio, SALTcast Podcast, KXOT Public Radio, and WUAL


  • Added: Jun 01, 2006
  • Length: 08:10
  • Purchases: 5
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Since she was little, Shakima has been dressing in style. She is proud of her fashion sense, but finds that as her family's finances have changed, ...

Bought by KSFR, WXLV-FM, YouthCast, and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 01, 2006
  • Length: 08:27
  • Purchases: 4
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Heidi Choe thinks her parents are a little too involved in her life.

Bought by Vocalo.org, KUOW, and KCUR


  • Added: Jun 01, 2006
  • Length: 08:23
  • Purchases: 3
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A teenage boy deals with the death of a beloved teacher.

  • Added: Jun 01, 2006
  • Length: 08:11
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Chico has some pointers for parents.

Bought by PRX to iTunes, KXOT Public Radio, WMPG, and WBEZ


  • Added: Jun 01, 2006
  • Length: 06:22
  • Purchases: 4
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Teenager Derrick Hewitt reports on how the role aggression and anger play in his life.

Bought by KXOT Public Radio and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 01, 2006
  • Length: 13:51
  • Purchases: 2
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A teenage girl originally from Sierra Leone struggles to understand her immigration status in the U.S.

Bought by The Story, Space Gallery, KUOW, WXLV-FM, WBEZ and more


  • Added: Jun 01, 2006
  • Length: 10:12
  • Purchases: 7