Teens Report from Popup Newsroom, from Mayor's Race to City's Problems

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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.


Join our Live Chat on Policing and Make your own Message to the NEW Mayor

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


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. 



Staten Island Blues Live Chat

Monday, October 21, 2013


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.


Digital Waves Festival Live Chats

Thursday, October 17, 2013


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.


TEEN TALK on Improving NYC Schools

Monday, July 08, 2013


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.

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The Mary Jane Mindset: Rookies report on Marijuana

Wednesday, May 08, 2013


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

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Radio Rookies DIY: Educators Guide to Teaching Interviewing Skills

Monday, March 25, 2013


Rookies DIY: How to do vox pop

The first in a series of videos we’re creating in partnership with the Hive NYC Learning Network, teaches people to produce their own stories using digital media. This animated short, along with the accompanying resources, will help educators teach interviewing skills to students of all ages.

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What's Going On? 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

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

Monday, January 28, 2013


Join Radio Rookies and Youth Radio today from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST for a Live Chat about gun control and school safety with students from classrooms around the country. 

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Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A

Friday, December 28, 2012

Many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is "slut-shaming" 

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American Dream - Minus My Mom

Thursday, December 13, 2012

At 17-years-old Tangeneka Taylor 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.


American Heaven

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Danielle was 13 when she left her home and her mother in the Congo.  She came to New York to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a homeless shelter.  

My Education, Uninterrupted

Monday, December 10, 2012

In New York City the high school graduation rate for black males was 28 percent in 2010. Radio Rookie Mike Brown is a young black man living in Harlem and being raised by a single mom.


Remaining in the Flood Zone, Despite the Warnings

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Staten Island was one of the areas hit hard by massive flooding from Sandy. Among the people that stayed, was the family of 17-year-old Tasina Berkey, a current Radio Rookie. Her family, like many of their neighbors, never experienced flooding like this before.


Kelly Talks NYPD’s Relationship with High Crime Neighborhoods

Saturday, September 01, 2012

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.


The Effect of Stop-and-Frisk in the Bronx

Friday, August 31, 2012


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.


Radio Rookies: Through the Eyes of a Teen, A Look at Vertical Patrols in Public Housing

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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.

Radio Rookies is a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world.

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Coming Out in Age of The Lady Gaga

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


What does it mean for young people to come out in the age of Lady Gaga?  Bebe tells her uncle that she's bisexual, but as a gay man who struggled with harassment and bullying through his whole childhood, he suspects Bebe is just trying to be cool and doesn't understand the weight of her words.  Bebe decides to take a closer look. 


The Chernobyl Disaster

Thursday, April 28, 2011

To mark this week's 25th anniversary of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Radio Rookies is rebroadcasting Irina Sverzhanovskaya's story about the aftermath of the accident in her own life.


What's Your 9/11 Story?

Friday, March 18, 2011

The 9/11 Generation Speaks: This spring and summer, WNYC’s Radio Rookies, is holding a workshop to help young people tell stories about growing up in the New York area since 9/11. We are looking for people for whom 9/11 was, in some way, a pivotal moment in their growth. Ideally, participants will range from kids who lost family members to those impacted less directly by 9/11 and its aftermath: maybe they lived near the World Trade Center; perhaps the attacks changed their lives because of their parents' line of work or their family's religion; maybe their own convictions have been challenged or led them to take some action. We know that 9/11 affected different people in many different ways, and we hope to be surprised by some of the stories young people have to tell.