WNYC's Radio Rookies

WNYC's Radio Rookies Radio Rookies is a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world.

OPPORTUNITY ALERT: if the personal is political--here is your chance to tell a story about what is at stake for YOU in #...
01/08/2020
18-29 Now: An Election Project

OPPORTUNITY ALERT: if the personal is political--here is your chance to tell a story about what is at stake for YOU in #Election2020. WNYC's Radio Rookies & @itsYRmedia
are seeking contributors across the country we will TRAIN and PAY to report stories. Please share! Info:

Are you a great storyteller who has a personal stake in this election? Two award-winning, youth-led national media outlets, WNYC's Radio Rookies in New York and YR Media based in California, are joining forces to recruit a team of media makers (ages 18-29) around the country to highlight what is rea...

12/03/2019

Coming up today on WNYC (820AM, 93.9 FM) on the Brian Lehrer Show, Veralyn Williams and Arame Sene talk about 20 years of Radio Rookies! radiorookies.org

Radio Rookies is back just in time for #stonewall50 ! A story about communicating across generations about being non bin...
06/04/2019
‎The Stakes on Apple Podcasts

Radio Rookies is back just in time for #stonewall50 ! A story about communicating across generations about being non binary, pansexuality, and whether labels are worth it. Listen to the podcast The Stakes for all that and more! https://smarturl.it/thestakes

‎Society & Culture · 2019

For the past year Radio Rookies has been focusing on the juvenile justice system alongside WNYC Radio's Narrative Unit. ...
03/14/2018
Caught - WNYC Studios

For the past year Radio Rookies has been focusing on the juvenile justice system alongside WNYC Radio's Narrative Unit.

This week we bring you Caught, a podcast where teenagers explain how the justice system has changed them forever. Mass incarceration starts young. #CaughtPodcast
https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/caught

Mass incarceration starts young. These kids say the system changes them forever.

09/20/2017
One Immigrant's Anxiety in Trump's America

The fear of deportation is a trauma.
Hear the latest from a 26-year-old former Rookie with DACA status. She reports on how Trump's immigration policies and the recent cancelation of DACA impact the mental health of undocumented immigrants, especially those who've experienced previous traumas.
Airing today on WNYC Radio's All Things Considered and tomorrow on Morning Edition.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/one-immigrants-anxiety-trumps-america/

The Trump Administration's policies have taken a deep psychological toll on undocumented immigrants. Like this 26-year-old, former Radio Rookie whose been in the U.S. since she was five.

09/04/2017

We have many amazing Dreamers in the Rookies community. We stand with them tonight. #DACA

From Radio Rookies Producer Courtney Stein: I'm been a mentor to Aiden since he was 15. On April 17th, Aiden's wife Jayn...
05/18/2017
Click here to support Supporting Aiden after losing Jayne organized by Andrew Mambo

From Radio Rookies Producer Courtney Stein:
I'm been a mentor to Aiden since he was 15.
On April 17th, Aiden's wife Jayne died suddenly. As trans youth in New York City, Aiden and Jayne faced what many trans young people struggle with: homelessness, rejection from family members, health and mental health issues, and employment insecurity. Jayne had the additional burden of being undocumented in today’s political climate. Aiden and Jayne had been living in emergency shelter in Manhattan when Jayne died, they’d been on a list for more permanent family housing through the city. Now that Aiden is a widow, that option is no longer available.
Aiden is looking ahead, he hopes to continue studying engineering at Queens College but to do this he needs housing and educational support. Aiden has also been working with WNYC’s Radio Rookies to document his experiences as a trans youth and he will continue to do that. At 18, Aiden has survived more trauma than anyone I've ever met, but he's resilient, smart and stubborn, so he will move forward. But he could use some help.
https://www.gofundme.com/supportingaiden

Aiden and Jayne's story On April 17th, Aiden Strata’s wife Jayne died suddenly. As trans youth in New York City, Aiden and Jayne faced what many trans young people struggle with: homelessness, rejection from family members, health and mental health issues, and employment insecurity. Jayne had the...

03/03/2017
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From WNYC's Radio Rookies, how do you make life-changing decisions when not everyone in your family is a citizen?

We are so proud to have Wayner's powerful story featured by our friends at NPR's Latino USA. Make sure you catch their e...
01/20/2017
Growing Up Without Parents, Life After Deportation

We are so proud to have Wayner's powerful story featured by our friends at NPR's Latino USA. Make sure you catch their entire episode this week!

When I was nine, I woke up one morning and my mom said, “Someone came looking for your dad.” She didn’t know it was immigration. She assumed they were police officers, so she gave them his work address. Later that day, I was watching Pokemon and my...

Thank you EdSurge for your excellent article about our curriculum. We are so glad educators are using it and students ar...
01/12/2017
​On Air EdTech: How Audio Journalism Is Helping Students Build Digital Literacy (EdSurge News)

Thank you EdSurge for your excellent article about our curriculum. We are so glad educators are using it and students are learning!

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-01-12-on-air-edtech-how-audio-journalism-is-helping-students-build-digital-literacy

Athina G. is a student at Brooklyn Middle School in New York. She’s also an award-winning audio producer.“Racism is a form of prejudice from one people to another,” she explains in an audio story submitted alongside team members Marley, Gladys and Randy, who collectively entered NYC’s youth innovati

We are excited our curriculum was featured in POLITICO's education newsletter!"A CRASH COURSE IN REPORTING FOR ‘RADIO RO...
12/09/2016
Trump stops in Michigan, land of free-market schools

We are excited our curriculum was featured in POLITICO's education newsletter!

"A CRASH COURSE IN REPORTING FOR ‘RADIO ROOKIES:’ WNYC’s radio show “for teens, by teens” has a new curriculum for teachers looking to train audio journalists. In the curriculum, which is Common Core-aligned, are lessons on reporting, recording and crafting a narrative."

Get your hands on it here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/radio-rookies-basics-audio-journalism-curriculum/

http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2016/12/trump-stops-in-michigan-land-of-free-market-schools-217793

School’s a scary place for transgender students — Spike in international students studying STEM

Rookies producers (Caitlin Pierce Kaari Pitkin, Jared Marcelle) ran three workshops to members at Getting Out and Stayin...
12/02/2016
Getting Out and Staying Out, Inc. - GOSO

Rookies producers (Caitlin Pierce Kaari Pitkin, Jared Marcelle) ran three workshops to members at Getting Out and Staying Out in November--teaching interview skills and the basics of recording. Some GOSO members are joining our next broadcast workshop to tell report and tell their stories.

ON THE BLOG: GOSO Guys learn the ropes of radio journalism with WNYC's Radio Rookies!

http://gosonyc.org/2016/11/17/radio-rookies-with-wnyc/

Rookie Corinne Bobb-Semple presented her story about Bed-Stuy's gentrification in Stockholm, Sweden!She did a Q&A in par...
12/02/2016

Rookie Corinne Bobb-Semple presented her story about Bed-Stuy's gentrification in Stockholm, Sweden!

She did a Q&A in partnership with a Swedish architecture firm who is using urban storytelling practices to minimize the negative effects of gentrification.

Congratulations Corinne on the international impact of your story!

11/18/2016
Policing in Starrett City

Claudlin has a good relationship with the police in his housing complex. But not so much with the NYPD. His advice:

http://www.wnyc.org/story/policing-starrett-city

The patrol officers in the Starrett City housing complex in East New York have built a positive relationship with my community. I wish the NYPD would do the same in every neighborhood.

11/16/2016
Waiting 11 Years to Be Adopted

Radio Rookies just finished our latest series of stories, ending today with a piece about waiting 11 years for an adoption to go through. ICYMI the series, go to wnyc.org/radiorookies to listen! http://www.wnyc.org/story/waiting-11-years-be-adopted

Rookie Feria Morisett Noe spent 11 years of her life in the foster care system, not because she couldn't find the right home but because it took so darn long to be adopted.

11/10/2016

Calling Radio Rookie Alums: if you have stories you want to tell about the election results or really just want to share anything. Feel free to write kpitkin at wnyc dot org, write a comment here. We are thinking about how to cover this moment.

11/04/2016
Seven Schools Later, One Student's View of Segregation

From a comment on WNYC.org about Alexia's story: "Alexia Richbourg's story was excellent, professional, well-composed, and compelling. As a graduate of a New York City public school, I found her reporting illuminating. It's very encouraging to hear a young person produce a work of this caliber."

Listen and share!
http://www.wnyc.org/story/seven-schools-student-segregation/

It’s frustrating that so few students know there are differences between predominantly black and white schools. My older sisters and I know. We lived them.

Catch Wayner's story on wnyc.org or 93.9 at 4:00 p.m. ET.Si desea eschucar en español haga clic aqui:
11/03/2016
Growing Up Without Your Parents, Life After Deportation - En Español

Catch Wayner's story on wnyc.org or 93.9 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Si desea eschucar en español haga clic aqui:

Radio Rookies is a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world.

We're so proud of Radio Rookie Rainy and the incredible reporting she did about getting out an abusive relationship for ...
10/05/2016
I Can Explain.

We're so proud of Radio Rookie Rainy and the incredible reporting she did about getting out an abusive relationship for This American Life. The piece won a Third Coast International Audio Festival Award! Congratulations Rainy!
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/567/whats-going-on-in-there?act=1#play

A teenager reports what it is like to be inside an abusive relationship with an older man. This piece was created by WNYC’s Radio Rookies program. It was produced by Courtney Stein, with Andrew Mambo and Kaari Pitkin.

08/30/2016
Political Climate Makes Radio Rookie's Legal Status Uncertain

"I never followed politics before this presidential election. But now I can't help but pay attention because I worry that almost every aspect of my future depends on it."

Hear the latest from Radio Rookie Andrea Bonilla.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/radio-rookies-legal-status-uncertain

As part of NPR's series, "A Nation Engaged," we look at how the current debate over immigration and mass deportation makes the future uncertain for one young woman.

Producer Alice Wong issues public radio a challenge: Open our ears and our newsrooms to people with disabilities. http:/...
05/10/2016
Alice Wong

Producer Alice Wong issues public radio a challenge: Open our ears and our newsrooms to people with disabilities.
http://transom.org/2016/alice-wong/

Diversifying Radio With Disabled Voices Radio was something I always enjoyed. I never considered it as something within my reach as a creator of media and stories. When I started my Community Storytelling Radio Fellowship at Making Contact, I prepared by reading articles from Transom and AIR about i...

05/06/2016
My Sister, The Cop

The thought that you are considered a problem can really change you.

Listen to Jared Marcelle's story, today on WNYC Radio
http://www.wnyc.org/story/my-sister-cop/

Jared Marcelle had enough negative interactions with the NYPD that he’d come to mistrust police. His views of policing are complex now, especially since his sister joined the force.

05/04/2016
Bike Club at the International High School at Union Square

For students learning English for the first time, the bike club at the International High School at Union Square provides a place for them to engage in an activity without having to think about language barriers. As one student says, “My brain is connecting with my hands.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re40aoNpaDA

Students at the International High School at Union Square take part in a club after school, learning how to overhaul bikes. For students learning English for...

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Concerning the Senegalese woman that was speaking this morning about her Blackness and more specifically, the Black American woman who shared her experience of being asked where she is from. I say this to her: You tell them you are an American period, full stop. If they press you further, and you happen to be from the North-East, you can grace them by telling them you're a yankee (lower case y intentional). If they press you still further, tell them to contact me and I'll give them more than an ear-full.
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