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RadioActive Youth Media's Online Radio Storytelling Workshop

Applications for summer 2020 are now closed.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Online radio storytelling workshop

KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media has made the difficult choice to cancel our in-person Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop and instead host a three-week online radio storytelling workshop from July 27 to August 12. We have made this change out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and community, and the ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See below for details of the workshop and a new FAQ.

We're sad that we won’t be gathering in-person this summer for the first time in over a decade, but we’re grateful that we’ll still have the opportunity to support youth voices and make some awesome radio this summer in the middle of a very difficult time.

caption: Morgen White and Ritika Managuli pose while collecting ambient sound at Pike Place Market for an interviewing exercise during the 2019 Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop. 
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  • You are 15-18 years old and live in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.
  • 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 want to share all sides of the story as a journalist — this workshop is NOT a platform to promote a cause, organization, or point of view
  • You're ready to try new things: No broadcasting or journalism experience required!


  • The 2020 summer workshop will take place online.
  • The workshop will run for three weeks, from Monday, July 27th through Wednesday, August 12th.
  • Online workshop meetings will take place three days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., with a break for lunch and individual work time in-between. You may need to put in additional time outside of workshop hours to complete assignments.
  • Each participant will make a short audio “profile” of an interesting person in your home or community. The stories will be posted on and will be included in the RadioActive podcast.
  • Each participant can check out a KUOW laptop and a smartphone with internet hot-spot if needed.
  • For successfully completing the three-week workshop, you'll earn $400!


  • Attend all workshop meetings.
  • Complete work on time (you may need to put in extra work outside of workshop hours).
  • Work on your own and in small groups.
  • Have fun, be creative, take risks!


  • Improve your communications skills: writing, listening, and talking to people. Build your confidence and leadership skills.
  • Work with professional journalists. Develop time management skills and meet deadlines in a professional setting. Learn how to give and receive feedback in a collaborative and creative environment.
  • Be part of a supportive, collaborative, fun group of teens. Gain mentors to support your career and education path.
  • By finishing this workshop, you earn the opportunity to keep making radio at KUOW as an advanced producer.
  • For successfully completing the three-week workshop, you'll earn $400!


  • What if I already applied?

All applications already submitted will be considered for our online workshop – so there is no need to reapply! If you’d like to withdraw your applications, just let us know by emailing Kelsey at

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

We'll provide a laptop for each participant, and a phone you can use as a wifi hot-spot if you need one. We'll disinfect the equipment in advance and arrange to deliver it to you in a safe way.

  • Will we still have mentors?

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

  • Will there still be a listening party at the end of the summer workshop?

We'll be sharing the stories via an online event that will be shaped by participant feedback.

  • Will I still be able to participate in RadioActive Advanced Producer programming if I do the online workshop?

Yes! Anyone who completes the online workshop will be a part of our graduate community. We won't be able to cover the same exact stuff in this workshop as in our regular summer program, so we'll find a way to offer opportunities for additional skill-building to graduates of this workshop if they want to join certain Advanced Producer programs.

  • Since the workshop is 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 and Pierce counties). This is because teens in this workshop will be eligible for future in-person programming, which takes place in Seattle's University District.

  • Is the 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.


Email Kelsey Kupferer at or call/text 206-945-4346.