Radio Rookies Seeks Teenagers With a 9/11 Story To Tell

The 9-11 Generation Speaks: This spring and summer, WNYC Radio Radio Rookies is holding a workshop to help young people tell radio stories about growing up in the New York area since 9/11. We are looking for people for whom 9/11 was, in some way, a pivotal moment in their growth.  Ideally, participants will range from kids who lost family members to those impacted less directly by 9/11 and its aftermath: maybe they lived near the World Trade Center; perhaps the attacks changed their lives because of their parents’ line of work or their family’s religion; maybe their own convictions have been challenged or led them to take some action. We know that 9/11 affected different people in many different ways, and we hope to be surprised by some of the stories young people have to tell.

If you know a young person (15-22 years old) who has a story to tell and is interested in working with WNYC to get it on the radio, please tell us about him or her.

The workshop will run from mid-April through mid-August. Young people will work with Radio Rookies producers twice during the school week (afternoons) and once on the weekend; they will also do several hours a week of independent reporting. During the summer, they will work at least 10 hours a week with Rookies producers. Participants will be paid a stipend. 

There is only room for 6 teenagers. Applications are available by request – please click here and tell us about the potential applicant. An interview with the participant and his or her family members will be required of all finalists.

Radio Rookies is a WNYC Radio program that trains teenagers to tell true stories about themselves, their communities, and the world. Since its inception in 1999, the Radio Rookies have told stories ranging from their passion for poetry to living in a neighborhood where guns are easily accessible.  Radio Rookies was awarded a 2005 Peabody Award.  The Peabody judges hailed the Radio Rookies’ reporting as “remarkably immediate and illuminating” and said, “…there’s no better way to understand how teenagers see the world.” Most recently the Rookies’ have been awarded The 2010 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Radio, the National Edward R. Murrow award for Radio Feature Reporting, and the Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Series from the American Women in Radio & Television.

If you have any questions, please email here.

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