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RadioActive Summer 2022 Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop

In RadioActive Youth Media's fun and hands-on summer Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop, teens learn radio journalism and storytelling skills, build confidence, and work with others while creating a true radio story about one person.

The 2022 Intro Workshop will be a shortened version of our standard full-length intensive workshop, due to limited staff capacity.

Applications are now closed.


ABOUT THE SUMMER 2022 INTRO WORKSHOP:

  • The workshop will last for one week, Monday-Friday July 11th-15th, 2022. We will meet online for three of those days, and in-person at KUOW in Seattle's University District for two of those days. We’ll also have a short online orientation on July 6th, 2022.
  • Up to 18 youth, ages 15-18, will be admitted to the program. Admission will be by lottery, with priority given to students who have less access to high-quality arts and media programming. All complete and enthusiastic applications will be considered for admission.
  • Participants will learn basic radio production skills, including recording and editing using professional audio equipment from KUOW.
  • Each participant will produce a short radio story with the support of a mentor. Stories will be released on the RadioActive Youth Media podcast and posted on kuow.org.
  • For successfully completing the workshop, each participant will receive $250.
caption: RadioActive youth and mentors pose for a group photo on Zoom at the end of a successful "Pitch Day" on July 15, 2021.
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RadioActive youth and mentors pose for a group photo on Zoom at the end of a successful "Pitch Day" on July 15, 2021.
Credit: Mary Heisey

YOU SHOULD APPLY IF:

  • You are 15-18 years old (you must be 15 years old by July 11, 2022).
  • You live in the greater Seattle metropolitan area (King, Pierce, Snohomish or Kitsap county).
  • You're excited to use media to tell true stories. You're engaged in the world. You're curious and always asking questions. You love writing and want to try telling stories through sound.
  • You're ready to try new things: No broadcasting or journalism experience required! In fact, we prioritize youth who do not already have access to high-quality arts and media programs.
  • You're fully vaccinated against covid-19 and able to wear a mask if required during in-person programming.
  • You're eligible to work in the U.S.

EXPECTATIONS:

  • Attend all workshop meetings.
  • Complete work outside of workshop hours during the week of the workshop.
  • Work on your own and in small groups.
  • Have fun, be creative, and take risks!

WHAT YOU'LL GET OUT OF THIS WORKSHOP:

  • Improve your communications skills: writing, listening, and talking to people. Build your confidence and leadership skills.
  • Be part of a supportive, collaborative, fun group of teens.
  • Produce a short professional radio story about one person in your community.
  • For successfully completing the workshop, you'll earn $250.

SUMMER 2022 WORKSHOP FAQ:

  • The workshop is only one week long? Isn't that way different from past years?

RadioActive decided to run a shorter version of our standard full-length Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop in summer 2022.

We made this difficult decision due to limited staff capacity and the need take some intentional time to rest after two challenging years of running youth programs during a pandemic. In response to youth feedback, we will take this year to design the highest-quality hybrid programming we can, and we plan to continue offering our intensive Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop next year and for many years to come.

  • Admissions are by lottery? What does that mean?

Unlike in previous years, RadioActive will choose participants for this workshop randomly. All complete and enthusiastic applications will be entered into the lottery. Applicants who go to schools or live in neighborhoods without much access to youth media programs will be entered into the lottery more than once, so they'll have a higher chance of being chosen.

Next year, RadioActive will return to selecting participants through our usual admissions process, which involves reading, scoring and discussing each application, and conducting interviews with finalists.

  • If I do this shortened workshop, can I apply to the standard-length Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop next summer?

Yes! If you participate in the shortened summer 2022 Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop, you can also apply to participate in the summer 2023 Intro Workshop, which we expect to be longer and more intensive.

  • If I complete this shortened workshop, will I be considered a RadioActive Advanced Producer?

Not right away. Summer 2022 participants will be invited to remain a part of the RadioActive community where you can continue to access short-term journalism programming after the summer workshop. You'll also have the opportunity to apply for additional workshops in order to build skills and become a part of RadioActive's Advanced Producer group.

  • Do I need to have my own computer and internet connection to do this workshop? What equipment is provided?

We'll provide a laptop and audio recorder for each participant, and a phone and wifi hot-spot if you need one, during the week of the workshop. You'll also receive a binder of resources, a t-shirt and stickers, and a lot of snacks.

  • Will we still have mentors in this shortened workshop?

We'll still have skilled journalism mentors working one-on-one with each participant.

  • Since the workshop is partly online, can I apply if I live outside of the Seattle area?

Unfortunately, no. This workshop is only open to teens ages 15-18 who live in the greater Seattle metropolitan area (King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counties).

  • Do I need to be vaccinated against covid-19 to participate?

Yes! KUOW requires that participants must be fully vaccinated to participate.

  • Is the standard intensive Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop canceled forever?

Definitely not! We're hoping to bring back our regular summer workshop next year. We're putting a pause on it for now so that we can come back strong as soon as possible.

Questions?

Email Lila Lakehart at lila@kuow.org or call/text 206-228-0149.

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PROMOTIONAL FLYER - RadioActive Intro Workshop 2022

Summer 2022 workshop flyer.

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PRINTABLE PDF APPLICATION - RadioActive Intro Workshop 2022

A printable PDF of the 2022 RadioActive Summer Workshop application.