Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, May 12, 2014
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
Last week, the NOW That's What I Call Music! series reached a milestone when it released its 50th hits compilation album in the U.S. To commemorate the occasion, Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop listened back to the very first NOW album -- which first came out in the fall of 1998.
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)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Radio Rookies Alejandro Estevez and Daniel Bostick—aka “Alex E. Styles” and “AR Danny”—have heard plenty about the psychedelic drug “Molly,” the street name for an allegedly pure form of MDMA or “ecstasy." As Molly has grown in popularity, so has its mention in contemporary hip-hop music. Both Alex and Danny have chosen to stay away from the drug, but as aspiring hip-hop artists, they feel pressured to follow their peers and rap about Molly. Alex and Danny consider the relationship between music and its influence on teens while marching to the beat of their own rhymes. (Watch it here)
Monday, January 27, 2014
Imagine: a high school where students are on a first-name basis with their principal and teachers, have personal advocate counselors, and where a failing grade doesn’t mean trouble, but an offer of help. West Brooklyn Community High School is that kind of school. Opened in 2006, West Brooklyn is designed to give students a second-chance at earning lost credits and graduating. In this report, two students—Eddie Munoz and Jairo Gomez—tell the story of how they fell dangerously behind at their previous schools and got back on track at West Brooklyn. (Watch it here)
Friday, January 24, 2014
Welcome to Street View: Where We Get it Straight From the People—Radio Rookies first-ever teen talk show! Under the helm of Radio Rookies host Sharnalee Reid, reporters Cam Johnson and Ahmed Khan collaborate in a group-report about bullying from a variety of perspectives. Bringing the voices of family and friends into the studio, they ask some hard-hitting questions about bullying: “What’s the difference between bullying and drama?” “How do you stop a bully?” and, “Can bullies change?” To find out, take a look at Street View! (Watch it here).
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Like many New Yorkers, Radio Rookies Shakoya Hamilton, Marvin Ramos, and Anna-Lisa Gordon have seen the advertisements for New York City’s teen pregnancy prevention campaign. Accompanying the face of a toddler, are big-lettered statements like, “Got a good job? I cost thousands of dollars each year” and “Honestly Mom, chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?” Each of these Radio Rookies shares an experience with pregnancy and parenthood, but their stories were not reflected in the faces of the posters. This is the story about what it’s really like to face teen pregnancy, from teenagers themselves. (Watch it here)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
While some have criticized the MTV shows "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" for making stars out of very young mothers, a new study co-authored by economist Melissa Kearney indicates that these shows may have helped reduce the teenage pregnancy rate by nearly six percent.
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
By Jeannie Choi
Prom can be stressful for parents too. How much to let the rules slide or make an exception, just this once. The money for outfits and transportation, the social drama, the memories and the blatant reminder that your teenager is growing up - fast. One dad said he was happy to be ignorant about the details of his son's prom night but that didn't keep him from setting rules. “Don’t be afraid to set reasonable limits. It will probably be a relief to your kids as well as yourselves,” he said.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Facebook is waning and Tumblr is rising in the eyes of teens. According to a new study about the use of social media by teenagers, most teens are taking calculated steps to manage their online reputations, including deleting and editing content they have posted on sites like Twitter and Facebook.
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.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Sijin Choi
Many teenagers see derogatory, sexual references like slut, whore and ho made by and about our peers on a near-daily basis in our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. But how do we react? Do we laugh it off and comment, like the majority of the populace? Or do we stick up for our buddies, risking our own image and likability? Until last week, my answer was the first of the two: I embraced complacency.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Reema Khrais
Teenagers at a recent forum said social media outlets should do more to police explicit content involving minors while friends need to shift the shaming from the person in the photo to the person who violated her or his privacy by posting the images online.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Teen mothers are speaking out about a city-funded ad campaign to discourage teen pregnancy. The ad has drawn fire from groups that work with pregnant teens who say it unfairly stigmatizes poor and minority girls.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Radio Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle will host a live chat for for high school students about the problem of sexual cyberbullying - often of teen girls - on social media. Join the conversation.