The 2001 Radio Rookies Queens workshop was held at the YWCA in Flushing, Queens. Radio Rookie Heather Oplinger describes the Y as "a place where you can feel at home." Its mission is to empower women and girls and to eliminate racism. These stories were part of a series that won an NFCB Golden Reel Award, an RTNDA/UNITY Award, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and the Asian American Journalism Association Award.
About the neighborhood:
At one end of the 7 train in Northern Queens lies Flushing -- home to countless immigrants from China, Korea, India and many other countries. In 1637 the Quakers pushed for religious freedom here and drew up a famous document demanding the right to hold their own religious beliefs.
Radio Rookies on their neighborhood:
Mary: Flushing is a very crowded city... It's boring to hang out in Flushing, but you can always see people in the street.
Linda: There are so many different ethnic groups that if you really were interested in leaning about another culture, Flushing would be able to provide many useful things.
Heidi: Flushing is full of Asians - mostly Chinese... its boring to hang out in Flushing.