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caption: RadioActive's summer 2020 Online Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop participants check off their Story Worksheets on Zoom.

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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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  • caption: Teen library volunteer Shilten Kenzhegazy holds up the map she made in a King County Library System online workshop hosted by the Federal Way Library Teen Advisory Group in May 2021.

    Teens volunteers bring the magic of the library online

    When you think about libraries, you might picture the maze of bookshelves, the tables and chairs. Or maybe even the squeak of an ungreased wheel as a librarian walks by with a book cart. All that went away when the pandemic hit. But teenagers in King County eventually found a new way to hang out at the library. RadioActive Youth Media’s Emily Chua has more.

  • caption: RadioActive Youth Producer Lily Turner poses with Roosevelt junior Maxford Brown.

    'Missing out.' Some students with disabilities felt left behind during online schooling

    For many students with disabilities, online classes during the pandemic came with new challenges, and a loss of their usual, face-to-face classroom support. KUOW Radio Active Youth Producer Lily Turner, who is deaf in one ear and has trouble hearing in the other, has this story about lessons learned during the pandemic and how schools can do better to make sure all students can fully participate.

  • caption: From left: Bill Thieleman, Madi Goldstein, and Eridon Stewart.

    Pride and joy, more than 50 years in the making

    It’s Pride Month, and thousands of people of all ages are participating in LGBTQ Pride events across the region. RadioActive Youth Media’s Lyn Strober-Cohen looked into how the queer experience has changed — and stayed the same — over the decades.

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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 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.

  • caption: RadioActive youth and mentors pose for a group photo on Zoom at the end of a successful "Pitch Day" on July 15, 2021.

    Summer 2022 Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop

    In this hands-on one-week summer workshop, teens learn radio journalism and storytelling skills, build confidence, and work with others while creating a radio story about one person in their home or community.

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

    Applications for summer 2022 are now closed.

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  • caption: SoundBites: Audio Storytelling Activities for teens

    SoundBites: Self-Guided Audio Storytelling Activities

    We're excited to share 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