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One Phone At A Time

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

New York City Council members are calling for an end to the ban on cell phones in schools.  There's been no response yet from Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who has the power to change the policy, but both he and Mayor Bloomberg have defended it in the past.  A group of Radio Rookies reported on the issue earlier this year.  Check out their video here:

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A Public Housing Education

Thursday, May 03, 2012

More than 400,000 people live in public housing in New York City, and thousands more are on wait-lists for available apartments.  When Radio Rookie Winnie Guo’s family first moved into public housing, it felt like a big step up.  Then 14-year-old Winnie started wondering about how public housing can affect the aspirations and focus of kids who grow up there.

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Mind the Gap in Crown Heights

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Four Radio Rookies, who are all very recent immigrants from the Caribbean, now attend high school in the heart of what was the epicenter of the Crown Heights riots 20 years ago.  But, as newcomers, the Rookies know nothing about the neighborhood’s fraught history. 

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Mother In Arms

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Rookie Reporters Yun Mei and Ricardo Castro profile Aida Salgado, a mother who’s been working for years to make the neighborhood she grew up in safer for young people coming up now. 

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"I Am Trayvon Martin"

Friday, March 23, 2012

I was shocked to hear about what happened to Trayvon Martin, but I wasn’t surprised that he was targeted because he was a black kid in a hooded sweatshirt.

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Celebration of a Great Teacher

Monday, March 05, 2012

With the pressure of standardized tests, being graded by your boss and having those grades made public, and managing over-capacity classrooms with limited resources, we doubt that anyone would say it's easy to be a NYC public school teacher.  So in honor of all the teachers in our city, here's an oldie but a goodie from the Radio Rookies archives: Teacher, one boy's celebration of a teacher's life and work.

 

 

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Award-winning reporter checks in with a group of Radio Rookies

Thursday, December 01, 2011

As part of our current Neighborhood to Neighborhood workshop, a group of Rookies are reporting on the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policing policy in public housing projects on the Lower East Side. WNYC's award-winning reporter Ailsa Chang has reported extensively on stop and frisk. She met with Rookie Reporters Temitayo Fagbenle and Vincent Marrero to give them some ideas about how to deepen their investigation.

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Lack of Incentive to Stay In School

Monday, November 28, 2011

A recent New York Times article reveals that 41 percent of Mexicans in New York City between 16 and 19 have dropped out of high school, which is the highest drop out rate for any population in the city.   A few years ago Radio Rookies aired this story from Radio Rookie Christian about the extremely limited options available to him as an undocumented youth, even if he did finish high school and go to college.

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Radio Rookies teaches young Londoners to make audio podcasts

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Radio Rookies producers and Grad Rookie Rayon Wright are in London as part of the Hive Learning Network for the Mozilla Festival. The Festival brings together web and media makers to explore the frontiers of the open web. Young Londoners came out and learned to make audio podcasts, hack and remix boardgames and websites, become video reporters and design a digital hang-out space.

 

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Neighborhood to Neighborhood Multimedia Workshop

Friday, October 28, 2011

We're currently trying something new: running two simultaneous workshops and calling it Neighborhood to Neighborhood. In partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, Radio Rookies will be producing multimedia stories about their neighborhoods in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. 

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Bronx Rookie reports on growing up in poverty

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Recent census data shows poverty rates are climbing all over the country and children are being hit particularly hard, with one in five of them living below the poverty line.  In 2009, Rookie Reporter Miguelina “Erikka” Diaz reported on how the stress of being poor affected her and her family as they struggled to pay the bills and find money for the extras that kids always need, like money for class trips and senior prom. The Pew Hispanic Center reports that more Latino children are living in poverty than children of any other racial or ethnic group.

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Radio Rookies Featured in TakePart Video

Friday, September 23, 2011

Check out this beautiful video produced by TakePart about how Radio Rookie Erin Reeg reported on her experiences after 9/11.  It gives a real window into the process of making a Radio Rookies story and how the staff facilitates helping people report and tell their own stories.

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Radio Rookies Joins Hive Learning Network NYC at World Maker Faire NYC 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY (Do It Yourself) galore at World Maker Faire NYC 2011

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Scavenger Hunt at Maker Faire 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Graduate Rookie, Hawa Lee, participates in Mouse Squad's Scavenger Hunt at Maker Faire 2011.

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Hackasaurus Design Challenge at Young Maker Pavilion

Saturday, September 17, 2011

On Saturday, September 17th Graduate Rookie, Andrea Lee Torres takes part in one of the Design Challenges by Hackasaurus.org at World Maker Faire 2011 with Hive Learning NYC.  Andrea tells us about her experience.

 

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Young Makers at World Maker Faire, NYSCI in Queens, NY

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday September 17th & Sunday September 18th, World Maker Faire comes to NYC.  Maker Faire brings inventors, creators, and thinkers of all ages to show off their ideas and learn from each other. This year's event is being held at New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY.  Radio Rookies will be at the event as part of HIVE Learning Network NYC.

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Our 9/11: Growing Up In The Aftermath

Sunday, September 11, 2011

An hour of Radio Rookies stories hosted by On The Media's Brooke Gladstone. To mark the 10th anniversary of September 11th, Radio Rookies partnered with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to share the stories of six young people from New York City, New Jersey and Long Island who are part of the last generation of young people who remember 9/11 as a lived experience, rather than a historic event.

 

 

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No Roadmap for Recovery

Friday, September 09, 2011

Eric Leinung was 12-years-old when his big brother, Paul, went into work on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.  Paul didn't make it out. When adolescents are faced with a traumatic event research shows that they often vent their feelings through aggression and rage. Eric spent his teen years fighting, sometimes physically, with his mom.  Now, ten years after the Twin Towers collapsed, Eric reports on how he found his way through his family's loss. 

 

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Speaking for Islam

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Norhan Basuni divides her life into the time before September 11th, and the time after. For her, it is the day that she, an ordinary 7th grader, became a symbol of Islam, of "them", and to some, of terrorism.   In the wake of the attacks, she remembers her father telling her she could no longer wear hijab because he feared for her safety after family friends were attacked in the street. She was taunted by classmates in school. Now an accomplished 22-year-old college graduate, Norhan reports on how she coped with these experiences as a pre-teen and teenager, and how she developed into an educator, a spoken word poet, and a defender of her faith.

 

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Daughter of a Survivor

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Erin Reeg's parents were paramedics when they met and fell in love. They went on to become a firefighter and a nurse who, given their line of work, passed along to their two daughters the ability to react calmly in a crisis and to NOT respond to adversity with too much emotion.  When the first tower fell on September 11th, Erin's father was hit by falling debris and all the coping strategies Erin learned from her parents kicked in. 

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