Where do I begin? This week was not entirely conventional for me, and despite it, I learned so much and enjoyed the process of it all. My week with Next Generation Radio stretched into an additional week, meaning my total project time frame fell to the Friday after...
The Next Generation Radio program is no joke. When I got the email saying what we were supposed to accomplish in four days – an audio piece, a web story, photos and audiograms – I was overwhelmed, nervous, and if I’m being honest, scared out of my mind. I kept...
Mizelle Mayo is a multimedia and photojournalist who covers education, health care accessibility and mental health, along with racial and economic inequities. She is earning a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. View her recent work on Reporting Texas. Mayo’s passion for journalism is anchored in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, where people in the community inspired her storytelling. When she’s not listening to peoples’ stories, she enjoys hiking with family and friends, and playing guitar.
There’s so much we accomplished in a week, and that truly amazed me! So did seeing how hard working everyone is and how much care they have for the stories we tell. Before this, I believed my work always fell short – but Next Generation Radio continued to show me that...
Maria Ramos Pacheco
What resonated the most with me was a line from one of Managing Editor Stephanie Kuo’s first emails: “It truly takes a village.” I did not understand what she meant until the first day of Next Generation Radio, and I kept thinking about that all week. Interviewing a...
Pete Ramirez is pursuing his associate’s degree in journalism at Austin Community College. He currently holds the editor-in-chief position at ACCENT, ACC’s student-led news organization. Ramirez is also the audience engagement intern at Decibel, a program out of Austin’s PBS station that covers local communities. When he’s not working on a story, Ramirez enjoys practicing photography and spending time with his partner and pups.
The past week was an amazing whirlwind of journalism that I will never forget. Through participating in Next Generation Radio, I’ve had the opportunity to experience nearly every part of how modern journalism is made. And I met some wonderful people along the way. I...
My experience with Next Generation Radio this week has taught me more than I could have anticipated. Of course, I learned plenty of technical skills, like making fine edits while working with audio, writing tight, and organizing ideas. The skills and tools we’ve used...
The Next Generation Radio Project is a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia story. Those chosen for the project are paired with a professional journalist who serves as their mentor.
This edition of the #NPRNextGenRadio project was produced in collaboration with:
- Managing Editor, Stephanie Kuo, Director of Training, PRX
- Digital editors, Stephanie Federico, Digital Editor, KUT; Rachel Osier Lindley, Senior Editor, The Texas Newsroom, KERA
- Visuals, Erica Lee, freelance photojournalist, New Jersey; Kevin Beaty, photojournalist, The Denverite/Colorado Public Radio
- Illustrators Ard Su, Lauren Ibañez, and Natalia Polanco
- Web developer, Robert Boos, Metropolitan State University
- Audio techs: Selena Seay-Reynolds, lead Next Gen audio engineer/production assistant "Wondery; Sean Cronen, Music Mix Engineer/Producer, The Texas Monthly
Our journalist/mentors for this project were:
- Stella Chavez, Immigration and Demographics Reporter, KERA
- Dr. Jenn Erdely, Associate Professor, Journalism, Prairie View A&M
- Dani Matias, Morning Editor Producer/Host, KUT
- Alejandra Martinez, Reporter, KERA
- Monica Ortiz Uribe, Multimedia Reporter, USA Today Networks, The El Paso Times
- Laura Rice, Managing Producer, The Texas Standard, KUT
- Special thanks to Amy Hinojosa, HUB Project Manager, KERA
NPR’s Next Generation Radio program is directed by its founder, Doug Mitchell.