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.
These days, many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend 16-year-old Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is something she calls "slut-shaming," or using photos and videos to turn a girl's private life inside out.
Radio Rookies hosted an in-class live chat to coincide with a new story about sexual cyberbullying. Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle hosted a facilitated online conversation for high school students to discuss the issues her story brings to light.
18 months ago Radio Rookie Tangeneka Taylor's family went to the US Embassy in Guyana to pick up immigration paperwork allowing them to come to New York. But when they got there the clerk told them that her mom's name wasn't on the papers. Hear how Tangeneka has has had to adjust to her new life in Brooklyn, without her mom.
18-year-old Radio Rookie Reporter, Danielle came from the Congo when she was 13 years old, leaving her mother and the life that she knew behind in hopes of a better future. For three of the four years she has been here, she's lived in a shelter with her stepmom and sisters. Back home in the Congo, Danielle's mom doesn't know the truth about where she lives because Danielle doesn't tell her. "Living like this has turned me into a liar," Danielle says.
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.
New York State has the worst four-year high school graduation rate in the country, according to a recent study by the Schott Foundation for Public Education. But when you zero in on New York City, the rates are even worse, especially for black males, with only 28 percent graduating from public high school in four years in 2010. Radio Rookie Mike Brown, 18, is a young black man growing up in Harlem and being raised by a single mom. According to these statistics, someone like Mike wouldn’t have a good chance of graduating from high school. Mike's story explores the question at the forefront of most educators' minds: How does a teen who's on the path to failure turn his life around?
In November, Radio Rookies took part in the Mozilla Festival -- in London! The festival is all about teaching everyone to be a webmaker. Presenters come to show off their own hard work but are also there to teach young people and educators their skills. People have the chance to actually use the tools they learn to make things there at Moz Fest.
Superstorm Sandy hit New York City on October 29, destroying whole neighborhoods, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city. One of the areas most affected was Rockaway, Queens. 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.
If you're in need of help or would like to donate or volunteer, RockawayHelp is a collective of Rockaway natives working to organize resources and support to assist the area’s recovery after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.
Check out Sandy Storyline -- a participatory documentary about Superstorm Sandy and efforts to recover and rebuild.
Tasina Berkey, 17, lives with her mom, Lorraine Crespo, in a one-bedroom apartment in the New Dorp section of Staten Island. They live in an evacuation zone, just three blocks from the beach, but like most of their neighbors, Tasina and Lorraine decided to stay. They thought they'd be safe because they'd never had flooding before. But as the tide came in on Monday night, Lorraine tried to use towels to keep the water from seeping through the front door.
Three cheers for another successful year! Bravo to our youth organizers who did an incredible job of creating what is a now a great tradition of bringing together youth, youth media enthusiasts and media professionals!
I've had Sickle Cell Anemia since the day I was born—17 years ago. Despite what some of my friends think, Sickle Cell is not a disease you can get rid of! September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month and I thought I’d take the time to remember my Uncle Jhonnie.
This summer, Radio Rookies have been reporting on vertical patrols in public housing and stop and frisk policing in the Bronx. Their stories have focused on the relationship between the police and New Yorkers in high crime neighborhoods. Two Radio Rookie reporters got a chance to sit down with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to discuss the tactics of his police force and its impact in the community.
Listen to Rookies’ conversations with Bronx residents and their frank meeting with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in the audio above.
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.
The game is on! You can now enter to win cash prizes and bragging rights as this year's festival slam competition is now accepting entries.
Radio Rookies and Common Sense Media came together to hold a one week Digital Literacy & Citizenship Workshop with teens from the McBurney YMCA Y Scholars. The teens learned how to use digital media responsibly and were given the chance to produce a video/audio/multimedia piece. Their stories will be used to inform their peers as well as to help give educators tools to teach young people across the nation about digital literacy and citizenship.
Recently a New York Times article delved into the issue of online gaming and sexual harassment. “Sexism, racism, homophobia and general name-calling are longstanding facts of life in certain corners of online video games.” But when do we draw the line?
When online gaming becomes a type of misogynistic and bigoted-bullying that goes beyond the world of avatars.
Growing up, my parents used to tell me to stay away from the projects. They said they were dangerous, and they’re right: about 20 percent of violent crime happens in public housing.