For our first Radio Rookies Short Wave workshop, producers trained students in the basics of reporting, interviewing, and script writing, and produced a final story for the Radio Rookies website in 6 weeks.
Documentary radio production is sort of like preparing a special feast, with time and attention being vital ingredients. The core Rookies workshop takes six months from start to finish. Of course, most radio production happens under tight deadline pressure: newsroom journalists often turnaround stories in a single day. In the Short Wave workshop we find a middle ground to create a new radio reporting experience.
We partnered with The High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn, where Short Wave participants covered stories on everything from first love, to anime, to chicken.
In Xavier Stovall’s story about teenagers and sex, he calls himself “quasi-abstinent.” He doesn’t understand why all his peers seem to be rushing to have sex – he believes moving so quickly leads to a cycle of early pregnancy and broken hearts.
At 14, Shaquille Sanders is trying to figure out the best way to meet a special girl. He’s interested in trying to meet someone on-line, but he’s not sure about the possible dangers and pitfalls, so he talks to some people who have tried it for themselves.
O’tillia Roberts is in love and has what she considers a perfect relationship. In her story, O’tillia tells listeners what makes her relationship so special, and talks about some of her fears of falling in love for the first time.
Krystle Murray has lost a lot of people in her family in the past few years and she’s been struggling to understand their deaths. She decides to visit a funeral home and to talk to some of the grown ups in her life to see if they have any advice or answers.
Shane Mortis and Natazia Letang’s story is about the on-going tensions between school safety agents and students at their school. They explore the scope of the problem and offer some possible solutions.
Amana Kashakzi loves chicken, but with all the fried chicken restaurants in her neighborhood, she starts to wonder if there is a conspiracy to entice black people to eat chicken.
Ariana Hargett is outraged about the war in Iraq. She was only 11 years old when it began and during her early teenage years she didn’t pay much attention, until a teacher told her it was up to her to become an informed citizen.
Josetta Adams & Yong Chen love anime cartoons. Yong and Josetta explore how anime represents Japanese culture and what messages New York City teens take away from the cartoons.