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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Graduation is a time of great fanfare in the United States, but this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, students had to find other ways to celebrate. RadioActive’s Meghana Kakubal and Lila Shroff documented their graduation from Mercer Island High School for KUOW, chronicling intimate moments with friends, as well as the logistics of a drive-through graduation.
For the first time in United States history, the country saw six women run for president in the 2020 election. Unlike the male candidates, the women were asked about their fashion choices. What women candidates wear plays a huge role in whether people think they’re electable, and that judgment of women’s clothing choices starts pretty young.
Over the past two decades, while juvenile incarceration rates have been decreasing, rates of incarcerated girls have either stayed the same, or increased. In response, the Kitsap County Girls Court opened in June 2019 as Washington State’s first court system providing service just for girls. A few months ago, RadioActive's Lila Shroff went to see Girls Court in action.
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 900 young people a year at more that 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.
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In this fun, challenging, and hands-on workshop, you'll learn broadcast journalism and storytelling skills, build your confidence, and work with others while creating a radio story about a person in your home or community.
This is a PAID opportunity open to teens ages 15-18 in the greater Seattle area. This workshop is the entry point to RadioActive's advanced producer program, a year-round opportunity to collaborate on youth-led radio productions.
Applications for summer 2020 are now closed.
Meet the Current Youth Producers
KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our summer journalism workshop. Sixteen teens, aged 15-18, will spend six weeks learning what it means to be a journalist.