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RadioActive Youth Media is where young people discover public radio journalism and gain access to the skills, community, and institutional resources that spur their growth as media makers. Through their stories, listeners of all ages gain a deeper understanding of young people whose voices are rarely heard by the greater public.

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RadioActive is proud to offer award-winning youth journalism and radio storytelling workshops throughout the year. Our approach is to provide interactive, collaborative workshops where participants learn the technical, social, and emotional skills needed to amplify the stories that matter to them.

Our philosophy is that youth voices are powerful and not heard often enough.

Participants learn about journalism, audio recording, audio editing, interviewing, script writing, and speaking on the air. They work with professional journalists at KUOW. They gain confidence and leadership skills in a supportive environment while collaborating with other participants to make radio stories and episodes for the RadioActive podcast on topics they choose. There is no experience necessary, and participants are paid for successfully completing the program.

Through our community workshops, RadioActive serves nearly 600 young people a year at more than 25 schools and community organizations. In these short-term programs, youth discover public radio journalism, learn basic radio storytelling skills, and share their voice.

We prioritize working with communities without ready access to media platforms and/or who are underserved by high-quality arts programs.

  • caption: Hayden Andersen and Kea Lani Diamond on an audio scavenger hunt at RadioActive in 2022.

    Summer 2023 Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop

    In this four-and-a-half week intensive summer workshop, teens get PAID to learn radio journalism and storytelling skills, build confidence, and work with others while creating a radio story and a podcast episode about the topics of their choice.

    This is a PAID opportunity open to teens ages 15-18 in the greater Seattle area.

    Applications for summer 2023 are open NOW. Early application deadline is March 28, and final deadline is May 9, 2023.

    When: Jul 10, 2023 Where: Some days in-person at KUOW & some days online on Zoom Apply By: May 09, 2023 Apply Now
  • caption: SoundBites: Audio Storytelling Activities for teens

    SoundBites: Self-Guided Audio Storytelling Activities

    Looking to build your audio storytelling skills? Here's 12 bite-sized audio storytelling activities for teens and pre-teens. These self-directed activities take about 30 minutes to complete, and can be done in any order either alone or with a partner.

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Meet the Current Youth Producers

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer the Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop each summer, and the Advanced Producers Workshop each spring. In both workshops, youth get learn about radio journalism and audio storytelling, and make audio stories that are published on the RadioActive podcast and 94.9 FM.

Meet the Producers