East Crotona Park 2009

This Bronx Radio Rookies workshop was in partnership with the Next Generation Center, a fantastic multi-service youth drop-in center run by the Children's Aid Society. The Bronx Rookies worked hard for months to tell their stories about poverty in the Bronx, the standards in public schools, the effects of Chernobyl, incarcerated parents, and a rare debilitating disease. Their stories were awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism, a Gracie Award, a National Edward R. Murrow Award were a finalist for an NABJ Award.

My Mother's Disease

Friday, October 09, 2009

At 17-years-old, Vikky Cruz struggles to cope with her mother's illness, a rare gentetic disease called neuroacanthytosis, and the ways it's taken over the mother she once knew.

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Incarcerated Parents

Thursday, October 08, 2009

15-year-old Keith Tingman remembers his tenth birthday better than any other: that was the day he watched his mom get arrested after being falsely accused of stealing someone's wallet. 

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The Chernobyl Disaster

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Irina was born in Belarus, which bore the brunt of the radiation fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. Irina and her family attribute many of their health problems to the radiation.


Promotion in Doubt

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The NYC Department of Education raised the standards for passing the 8th grade and ended social promotion. AJ Frazier has always just skated by, so he needed to change his ways.


Money Stress

Monday, October 05, 2009

Erikka Diaz, like many of her neighbors in South Bronx, has lived in poverty her whole life. Her family knows the anxiety that comes with constantly having to scrape money together.

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