Teen Talk on Sexual Cyberbullying

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

A two-part conversation on April 4th, 2013, for NYC teenagers about the realities of sexual cyberbullying and what can be done about it.

* Online live chat here on our website during the school day from 1PM-2PM EST

* Teen town hall event after school at WNYC’s Greene Space from 4PM-6PM EST

Read More

Comments [2]

Op-Ed: My Own Path to Citizenship

Thursday, February 14, 2013

"The ceremony took hours, but it wasn't until I walked out with my citizenship certificate that I finally felt claimed."

Read More

Comments [9]

Teens and Guns: Reflections from Radio Rookies

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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]. 

Read More

Comments [1]

Op-Ed: Still Living in Gun City

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

*Mr. Gonzalez will be a guest on the live-chat on gun control and school safety hosted by Radio Rookies and Youth Radio.The live chat is on January 31, 2012 from 1-2pm EST. 

I am a life-long resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn - a beautiful community besieged by gun violence. Over the years, attempts have been made to loosen the grip violence has on our community, but each initiative has been only a band-aid. Too often, solutions to gun violence in our community are discussed in closed meetings, - and people who look like me, with the baggy jeans, who walk down the street each day wondering if our time has come - aren’t invited.

Read More

Comments [1]

Radio Rookies and Youth Radio Live Chat on Gun Control and School Safety

Monday, January 28, 2013

Radio Rookies and Youth Radio will hold a live chat on Thursday, January 31, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST, with students from classrooms around the country, to discuss gun control and school safety. To take part in the conversation, students will need to have internet access. Youth Radio reporter Robyn Gee will host the chat in collaboration with Radio Rookies contributors.

Read More

Comments [4]

Obama Speaks to “Dreamers," Rookie Response: Deferred Action is not enough

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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)!

Read More

Comments [1]

The Evolution of Teen Gossiping and Bullying: Told by Radio Rookie Reporters

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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.

Read More


Slut Shaming: The Modern Day Letter A

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

Read More

Comments [28]

Radio Rookies Hosts Live Chat For Teens on Sexual Cyberbullying

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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.


Read More

Comments [21]

Pursuing the American Dream Without Mom

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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.

Read More

American Heaven

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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.

Read More

Sickle and Me

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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.

Read More

My Education, Uninterrupted

Monday, December 10, 2012

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?

Read More


Radio Rookies at MozFest

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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. 


Read More


Sandy in The Rockaways: When the Ocean Met the Bay

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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.

Read More

Comments [1]

Remaining in the Flood Zone, Despite the Warnings

Thursday, November 01, 2012

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.

Read More


The Ripple Effects of Digital Waves

Friday, October 26, 2012

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! 

Read More


Remembering Uncle Jhonnie this Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Monday, September 10, 2012

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.

Read More

Comments [14]

Radio Rookies: Kelly Talks NYPD’s Relationship with High Crime Neighborhoods

Saturday, September 01, 2012

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.

Read More


Radio Rookies: A Sit Down With Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Friday, August 31, 2012

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.


Read More