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.
Hear stories created by RadioActive youth producers about the people and issues that matter to young people in the Northwest. Subscribe to get our latest audio pieces delivered directly to you.
If you knew that you only had four months to live, what would you do? After suffering three heart attacks, John Beal was told that he was going to die. He decided to use the rest of his life to clean up Hamm Creek, an offshoot of the Duwamish River so polluted the water was yellow. That decision changed the course of John's life and transformed Hamm Creek.
My grandpa, Steve Schoettmer, lost his girlfriend Rose to colon cancer in 2017. In the past, his county's Democratic party had approached him about running for office, but he had refused. Rose was too ill. But when he heard that Speaker Paul Ryan was threatening to cut Medicaid and Medicare, he decided that it was time for him to run.
Darnesha Weary describes step dancing as “creating music and rhythms and beats with every part of your body.” She directs the Northside Step Dance Team in Shoreline, and last year, her team used their dance routine to protest the police shootings of unarmed black people.
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.
Intro to Radio Journalism: Summer 2019
In this fun, challenging, and hands-on workshop you'll learn technical and storytelling skills, build your confidence, and work with others while creating radio stories and podcasts for KUOW about the topics you care about.
This is a PAID opportunity open to 15-18 year olds! This workshop is the entry point to RadioActive's advanced producer program, a year-round opportunity to collaborate on youth-led radio productions.
EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30 at 11:59 p.m.When: Jul 01, 2019 Where: KUOW (4518 University Way NE) Apply By: Apr 30, 2019 Apply Now
Meet the Current Youth Producers
KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our summer journalism workshop. Twenty teens, aged 15-18, will spend six weeks learning what it means to be a journalist.