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Inside Co-Location

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Under the Bloomberg administration, the number of "co-located schools"—multiple schools in a single building—has doubled in New York City. Radio Rookies Leslie Batista and Kiala Donald attend one of these schools, which shares building space with five others. Each school operates on a different floor and draws upon students from many different neighborhoods. Sometimes there's tension between students from different schools once the final bell rings. Microphones in hand, Leslie and Kiala took to the hallways to find out more. (Watch it here)

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Get it Out

Monday, July 01, 2013

Alicia first turned to writing music after her beloved grandfather died suddenly four years ago. She’s fortunate enough to attend a high school with a music writing program, Beat Rhymers, so last year when her mother was shot in the leg and her uncle was killed in a car accident she found release in her beats and lyrics. Alicia wonders if other kids struggling with loss and violence use the arts to “get it out.”

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Thirsty for Sneakers

Sunday, June 30, 2013

It’s no secret that a lot of teenagers love sneakers. But for some kids, their passion for kicks consumes hours each day, and hundreds of dollars every season.   “Sneakerheads”, as they call themselves, will queue up overnight to be the first to buy a limited edition pair of Jordans. Radio Rookies Josh and Kyrie routinely try to convince their mothers to shell out $200-$300 for a new pair of shoes, which are walking markers of status for many teens, while Rookie Gibran finds the whole thing over the top. The three Rookies take listeners inside the wonderful and colorful world of Sneakerheads.

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Battling Homophobia at East Side Community School

Saturday, June 29, 2013

At East Side Community School homophobia isn’t tolerated. Kids say that teasing and bullying are rare and when it does happen, teachers and fellow students get involved to stop it. The school has an active gay-straight alliance club, “Rainbow Bright”, and teachers strive to be inclusive in their curricula and language. But not all schools are so supportive of LGTBQ students and homophobia is everywhere.  Four East Side students want to find out what actually helps homophobic people change their minds to become more accepting.

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Losing Language

Friday, June 28, 2013

Grisel speaks Spanish at home with her mom in NYC, and during the summers with her dad and cousins in Puerto Rico. She never thought it was a gift to be bilingual, but her close friend Aura had a very different experience. Aura’s Chilean parents chose to speak English with her when she was a little girl and, as a result, she can’t speak Spanish or communicate easily with her grandparents. Aura longs to have Spanish tumble easily out of her mouth and she wonders why her parents made the choice to teach her English first.

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This is America, Speak English

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Radio Rookies Sam and Sydne both grew up in New York City and are used to hearing the polyglot of language that makes up the fabric of this city. The multitude of languages spoken in their communities has never bothered Sam (who speaks Spanish with her parents) or Sydne, which is why they are dismayed by the “English-only” movement and people who express anger over having to “push 1 for English” on automated phone calls. But when some people in their own school and even families express a similar sentiment they decide to dig a little deeper.

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Graduation Night!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WNYC

“Every time I say something, it doesn’t sound right.  It sounds like gibberish, random words put together,” Radio Rookie Aura Briceno narrates in her co-reported story Losing Language,  “but I’m trying now, for my grandmother.”  While Aura’s Chilean parents spoke to her in English growing up, fellow Rookie Reporter Grisel Isidor spoke Spanish at home, English in school, and now slips easily between the two. Aura and Grisel's story was one of five pieces celebrated at the Radio Rookies listening party and graduation on Tuesday, July 18th at WNYC. 

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Editing Neighborhood to Neighborhood

Thursday, May 09, 2013

WNYC

We have rough drafts of the stories!  It’s always satisfying after all the interviews and logging audio, to have something in a rough form, something to respond to and shape.

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Getting the Bearings

Saturday, May 04, 2013

WNYC

Over a decade ago, I was a Radio Rookie myself. A lot has happened since then -- high school, college, and various jobs -- but I recently found myself drawn back to radio as an intern. Throughout the last few months, I have had the opportunity to help lead the Short Wave multimedia workshop, an after school program held in two high schools in lower Manhattan.

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Interviewing an Immigration Expert

Thursday, April 25, 2013

WNYC

After several sessions of brainstorming ideas for story topics, the current cohort of Neighborhood to Neighborhood Radio Rookies have settled into their groups based on their topic preferences and interests.  The student reporters are now delving into one of the most important stages of the process -- conducting interviews. 

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Multimedia Workshop in Full Swing

Friday, March 08, 2013

Radio Rookies' spring multimedia storytelling workshop launched just a few short weeks ago, and students from two high schools in lower Manhattan made their way to the downtown WNYC station for the first meeting.

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