Listen and watch the messages that teens from around NYC recorded for Mayor-elect de Blasio. After taking part in a live chat about relations between young people and the police, participants shared their viewpoints by creating messages for the incoming mayor.
Meet Cam Johnson, one of five students in Radio Rookies Short Wave multimedia workshop. Cam is a student at Facing History High School. For the past eight weeks, he's been hard at work producing a story about the personal cost of bullying.
At the 3rd Annual NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival: NewsHive @ St. Joseph's College youth came together to produce, report, and make their own stories in just 10 hours.
The day after the Mayoral election, teens from around the city will sign on here for a live chat about relations between young people and the police. Afterward, participants will share their viewpoints by recording their own Message to the Mayor.
On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, young people will come together online to discuss the prescription drug abuse epidemic. This live chat will allow teens from hot spots around the country to talk about their perspective on the problem, including New Mexico and Kentucky, both places with some of the highest prescription drug overdose rates in the nation.
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.
Radio Rookies DIY: How to report your own story
This animated short is part of a toolkit of DIY videos we’re creating in partnership with the Hive NYC Learning Network to teach people to produce their own stories using digital media. The short, along with the accompanying resources, will help educators teach students of all ages to report autobiographical stories about their own lives.
It was one of the last days of summer before heading back to school and 25 NYC teenagers were clustered around laptops and easel paper, trying to map out their pitches for new tech tools to fight sexual cyber bullying. They were minutes away from presenting their ideas to a panel of judges. 17-year-old Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle scanned the room and called the scene “a bit surreal.”
Five teams of teenagers are in the final minutes of honing their pitches for a new tools to combat sexual cyber bullying.
On July 2, 2013 Radio Rookies teamed up with the organization DreamYard for a Do-it-Yourself (DIY) workshop on how to produce stories through interviews and digital media. The DreamYard kids were an enthusiastic group who were eager to learn how to conduct their own interviews.
Radio Rookies and the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) will host an online live chat on Wednesday, July 24th from 1-2 PM, where teens can voice their opinions about and experiences in NYC schools and make suggestions for improvement.
Alicia first turned to writing music after her beloved grandfather died suddenly four years ago. She’s fortunate enough to attend a high school with a music writing program, Beat Rhymers, so last year when her mother was shot in the leg and her uncle was killed in a car accident she found release in her beats and lyrics. Alicia wonders if other kids struggling with loss and violence use the arts to “get it out.”
It’s no secret that a lot of teenagers love sneakers. But for some kids, their passion for kicks consumes hours each day, and hundreds of dollars every season. “Sneakerheads”, as they call themselves, will queue up overnight to be the first to buy a limited edition pair of Jordans. Radio Rookies Josh and Kyrie routinely try to convince their mothers to shell out $200-$300 for a new pair of shoes, which are walking markers of status for many teens, while Rookie Gibran finds the whole thing over the top. The three Rookies take listeners inside the wonderful and colorful world of Sneakerheads.
At East Side Community School homophobia isn’t tolerated. Kids say that teasing and bullying are rare and when it does happen, teachers and fellow students get involved to stop it. The school has an active gay-straight alliance club, “Rainbow Bright”, and teachers strive to be inclusive in their curricula and language. But not all schools are so supportive of LGTBQ students and homophobia is everywhere. Four East Side students want to find out what actually helps homophobic people change their minds to become more accepting.
Grisel speaks Spanish at home with her mom in NYC, and during the summers with her dad and cousins in Puerto Rico. She never thought it was a gift to be bilingual, but her close friend Aura had a very different experience. Aura’s Chilean parents chose to speak English with her when she was a little girl and, as a result, she can’t speak Spanish or communicate easily with her grandparents. Aura longs to have Spanish tumble easily out of her mouth and she wonders why her parents made the choice to teach her English first.
Radio Rookies Sam and Sydne both grew up in New York City and are used to hearing the polyglot of language that makes up the fabric of this city. The multitude of languages spoken in their communities has never bothered Sam (who speaks Spanish with her parents) or Sydne, which is why they are dismayed by the “English-only” movement and people who express anger over having to “push 1 for English” on automated phone calls. But when some people in their own school and even families express a similar sentiment they decide to dig a little deeper.
“Every time I say something, it doesn’t sound right. It sounds like gibberish, random words put together,” Radio Rookie Aura Briceno narrates in her co-reported story Losing Language, “but I’m trying now, for my grandmother.” While Aura’s Chilean parents spoke to her in English growing up, fellow Rookie Reporter Grisel Isidor spoke Spanish at home, English in school, and now slips easily between the two. Aura and Grisel's story was one of five pieces celebrated at the Radio Rookies listening party and graduation on Tuesday, July 18th at WNYC.
We have rough drafts of the stories! It’s always satisfying after all the interviews and logging audio, to have something in a rough form, something to respond to and shape.
As 17-year-old Temityao Fagbenle puts it, "Once you reach high school, weed is a part of your life." Even if you don't smoke, marijuana is at parties, the corners and parks near schools, and sometimes in school stairwells. Radio Rookies Temitayo Fagbenle and Gemma Weiner spent the past several months talking to dozens of teenagers who smoke weed about where they buy it, how much they spend on it, and how they think about risk. Their story airs May 9th, listen here.
Over a decade ago, I was a Radio Rookie myself. A lot has happened since then -- high school, college, and various jobs -- but I recently found myself drawn back to radio as an intern. Throughout the last few months, I have had the opportunity to help lead the Short Wave multimedia workshop, an after school program held in two high schools in lower Manhattan.
After several sessions of brainstorming ideas for story topics, the current cohort of Neighborhood to Neighborhood Radio Rookies have settled into their groups based on their topic preferences and interests. The student reporters are now delving into one of the most important stages of the process -- conducting interviews.