Radio Rookies held a month-long Short Wave Workshop in partnership with the Mott Haven Village Prep School in the South Bronx. The students selected topics related to the 2008 presidential election, and then, after learning how to use the recording equipment and the fundamentals of interviewing, they headed out into the school hallways and the streets of their neighborhood to speak to their classmates and people in their neighborhood about the presidential race. Their stories debut here on the Radio Rookies website.
The next American president will take on the responsibility of presiding over two wars and a thinly stretched military. Rookie Reporter Chris Matos ventured out into his Bronx neighborhood to see how the military factors into voters' decision-making this election.
In the South Bronx, where Miguelina "Erikka" Diaz lives, she's heard a lot of people complain about the government. But many of them don't vote, even this year, when so many parents and teachers and activists are working hard to get out the vote.
Sharee Johnson is huge Barack Obama supporter (she has four Obama buttons on her school bag) and thinks he's a great role model for everyone. But in her neighborhood a lot of teenagers drop out of high school and wind up in trouble.
Even though Victoria is too young to vote in the 2008 presidential election, like a lot of young people, the race has sparked a growing curiosity in her about politics.