The six Radio Rookies reported stories on everything from surviving Facebook drama to life in the foster care system to coming out as gay in the age of Lady Gaga. 

For the 2011 Staten Island broadcast workshop we partnered with the Seamen's Society for Children and Families in St. George, the neighborhood closest to the Ferry Terminal.  These stories were awarded the Casey Medal, a New York State AP Award, a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, an Adobe Aspire Award and an Alfred I. duPont Finalist award.

Half My Family Is Illegal

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Only half of Alicia Martinez's family members are U.S. citizens. Alicia struggles to meet her parents' expectations and overcome the guilt she feels that her sister’s life is limited.  

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Facebook Drama

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Brianna loves spending time on Facebook and she loves the drama that is constantly unfolding there. Brianna's mother helps her navigate growing up with social media.

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Coming Out in The Age of Lady Gaga

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bebe tells her uncle that she's bisexual, but he suspects Bebe is just trying to be cool and doesn't understand the weight of her words. 

Mental Illness

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tim has been diagnosed with everything from ADD, ADHD, PTSD, depression, to bipolar disorder.  But he doesn't think any of those labels fit him. 

Nothing's Ever Permanent in Foster Care

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Nothing's ever permanent in foster care" is how Rookie Reporter Michael Jacobson describes his life in the system. Michael has lived in seven different homes in just four years. 

Hip Hop Dedication

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jimmy Musa dreams of making it in the hip hop world.  And he thinks he's found a way to get an edge over everyone else.