is a Radio Rookies' graduate. Her first story, "Legal Status" was apart of the Mosholu workshop, which was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2005. Since then she has gone on to produce other stories for Rookies, and is now teaching new rookies to do the same. Veralyn has also worked with various departments at WNYC Radio, including News and Culture, and produces independent work for her website, VeralynMedia.com. She is also Social Secretary and Co-Founder of Telem Center for the African Child, a nonprofit providing underserved children of African descent an opportunity to celebrate their cultural heritage. Through all of her endeavors she aims to give a voice to perspectives that are often forgotten in the media.
On Friday night at the 2013 Digital Waves Festival Newshive, participants will join three simultaneous online live chats to discuss issues they're interested in reporting on with seasoned, youth radio producers.
"The ceremony took hours, but it wasn't until I walked out with my citizenship certificate that I finally felt claimed."
We decided to check in with Rookie Graduates in different communities to ask them how they feel about guns. They rated how easy it is to get a gun in their neighborhood on a scale of 1 to 10 [1 being very easy, 10 being very hard].
On Sunday, January 20th, President Obama was officially sworn in to his second term as president, but yesterday he shared his moment with the public at the inauguration ceremony. There were many great moments of the entire day, but Obama’s speech is what most people were waiting for (that and Beyonce’s singing of course)!
By giving New York City teenagers the tools to tell stories specific to their realities for over a decade, it is no surprise that Radio Rookies’ stories reflect how some teen issues have evolved over the years. This is especially true when it comes to the thin line between gossiping and bullying. Going through the Rookies archive, one can hear how the emergence of the internet and social media has amplified this issue.
Rebelling against your parents is the norm for most teens in America, but it’s a luxury for some young people who immigrate to the U.S. without one or both of their parents. There is no official number for how many kids this affects, but one of those teens is 17-year-old Tangeneka Taylor. Eighteen months ago she moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.
Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from a blood disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia, a painful disease that shortens life-expectancy. Sickle cells aren’t round – they’re shaped like a crescent moon and Radio Rookie Bree Person hates looking at them. Sometimes she hates talking about them, too – but she put together this report nevertheless.
Jessica Klein grew up in The Rockaways, and Rookie Grad turned Rookie Producer, Veralyn Williams followed her as she made her way to her parents' house after the storm.
Five Radio Rookies walked the streets of the Bronx recently to learn more about how residents of the borough, which is 90 percent black and Latino, interact with the police. They then sat down the the city's police commissioner to ask him about community relations.
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Radio Rookies, two former rookies, Jesus Gonzalez, Youth Power community organizer for Make the Road By Walking, and Veralyn Williams, freelance TV, radio producer, reporter, and editor, share excerpts of their pieces and discuss how the program affected their lives.
The Public Theater's 40th anniversary presentation of the musical, "HAIR," opens Thursday night, but it's already creating quite a buzz. The line for tonight's preview performance was five blocks long. Dan O'Brian was near the end of that line, but he didn't want to leave, even though he didn't think ...
Advocates hoping to decriminalize teen sex crimes are urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill that would offer young people assistance in getting out of the sex trade, instead of jail time.
The "Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act" would not hold children under age 17 criminally liable for sexually-based ...
Haitian activist groups rallied outside the State Supreme Court earlier today in protest of the trial of Emmanuel "Toto" Constant, the former leader of the Haitian government's paramilitary group, FRAPH, the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti.
They are accused of overseeing the torture and massacre of thousands of ...
Truckloads of knockoff high-end and everyday items are no longer available on the streets.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the apprehension of an alleged operator of a $16 million smuggling and counterfeiting business.
Hynes says buyers should beware that when you purchase a knockoff from an illegal vendor — there's no ...