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.

Teen Sex

Thursday, February 28, 2008

In Xavier Stovall 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.

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Internet Dating

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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.

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First Love

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

O’tillia Roberts is in love and has what she considers a perfect relationship. 

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Dealing With Loss

Sunday, February 24, 2008

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. 


School Safety Agents

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Shane Mortis and Natazia Letang’s story is about the on-going tensions between school safety agents and students at their school.



Friday, February 22, 2008

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.  


Teens and War

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ariana Hargett is outraged about the war in Iraq. She looks at why some teens care and are informed, and others remain apathetic.


Anime in Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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.