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Lessons Learned from Bullied

July 11, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Factors that influenced licensing

At 30 licenses and counting, Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX has gone PRX platinum. But what made the special so successful? We decided to poll the stations that aired the show to find out. A few highlights:

Timeliness matters. Every station that weighed in on the poll said that part of what made them license Bullied was that the issue is in the news right now.

Barriers to airing youth work

Go long. Stations have a much easier time programming hour-long specials than they do shorter drop-in segments.

Quality, quality, quality. Some stations hesitate on licensing youth work because they feel the quality is uneven. Prove 'em wrong! Taking the time to polish your audio matters.

our take on bullying from Los Angeles, CA

March 19, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Sara Harris

Los Angeles is a "majority-minority-city," and we experience zip-code segregation in a way that people in most other cities wouldn't understand. A network of freeways, a cement-paved river, and hold-overs from restrictive housing covenants separate neighborhoods and school zones. So, we reported from Roosevelt High School- a 95% Latino high school on the east side of Los Angeles- for the "Bullied" specialInitially, reporters Oscar Rodriguez and René Ayala wanted to explore the culture of bullying at their school, but when they started interviewing, they found that most students and teachers thought of it as a problem that doesn't exist. Turns out, that's not uncommon. National research has found that 86% of classroom bullying incidents go unaddressed.

That did not surprise René and Oscar. They came up with a list of questions to take to the foremost expert on bullying prevention and intervention at the Los Angeles Unified School District, Holly Priebe-Díaz. She explained that because of geography and increasing segregation, diversity training in L.A. schools is challenging. Holly also knows what Oscar and René see everyday, that most bullies have been pushed around or mistreated themselves. You can hear Holly's interview with Sara Harris on Hear in the City.

While Holly's interview was awesomely enlightening, it was a little depressing. She's committed to training students and teachers to stop bullying before it gets out of hand by teaching empathy, but explains that these kinds of programs are fewer and farther between. Oscar and René tell us in their story that the school psychologist was cut from Roosevelt's budget. So what happens?

Listen to our story and find out how students have come to rely on their own resources and community to deal with what schools are ignoring.

"Bullied:" Behind the scenes from ZUMIX Radio and Cassanova Robinson

March 13, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Cassanova Robinson

Hi my name is Cassanova Robinson and I make radio stories for Zumix Radio. In January I created a radio story called Why I got called Osama in High School and now I am writing my thoughts on making this piece.

Making this story was a positive thing and I had some good experiences. So one good thing about making this story was that I got to learn more from other people. I got to see what other people thought about the idea of bullying and got the mindset of what the people I interviewed thought. Another good thing was that I learned how to use new equipment like the Sony PCM-M10 recorder. At first I had a hard time trying to figure out how to use it, but then I started to get how it worked. And it was good to adapt to the change of recorders. Also listening to people who had similar problems like me was good because in a way other people understood what I was going through. We had webinars to keep informed on where everybody would be in the Bullying Stories. The webinars were helpful; hearing about other peoples stories about bullying helped me construct my story and see where I could go with it.

But also there were some difficulties as well. One difficulty was getting the people you were supposed to interview have free time to get interviewed. I was trying to get the people I was going to interview to have time, but it was always that they were busy or had somewhere important to go. Another difficulty was to set up times for people to interview because people were never around or they were impossible to find. Another difficulty was to find a quiet space to interview people because I could only find them when they were at a loud place or a place where a lot people were.

Over all doing this project was really fun. I mean, it was a lot of work, and was challenging to put all audio together, but it was a good thing to do.

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A Look into the Making of "Bullied" from the Middletown Youth Radio Project

March 12, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Maddie

After putting in many hours of hard work–interviewing, transcribing, cutting tape, writing, and putting it all together–we are so pleased to hear the positive response that we have received about our piece, "Bullying in a Community." DJ DZhane, Destiny Chandler, and DJ Elizabethiano, Alexis Madera, said that producing this piece on bullying in their own community–Traverse Square–has been a great experience since they got to learn more about bullying and how to produce a radio piece! We discussed the making of this piece, how to deal with bullying, and what they hope to do next:

Maddie: Which was your favorite interview and why?

Destiny: My favorite interview was with my mom because she gave great examples of what bullying can look like in Traverse Square. We were also able to have a serious conversation about bullying that I have experienced.

Alexis: My favorite interview was with Shayna, our twenty-one year old neighbor, who talked about how her brother gets bullied because he is disabled. She was able to give us a different view on bullying.

Maddie: What was most interesting for you in doing this project?

Alexis: While doing this project I was able to interview many people and see how everyone thought of bullying in different ways depending on their own situation.

Maddie: So, Destiny we heard about your experience with bullying in school, and the story was left somewhat unresolved in the radio piece. How have you dealt with that bullying situation since the piece aired?

Destiny: So I never told the principal about being teased about having a big forehead, and the same boy called me a cripple when I was on crutches. But, in school recently we have been learning about how to deal with bullying situations. For example we learned about "I statements" such as "I don't like when you treat me that way because it makes me feel hurt." I statements are helpful because instead of yelling back at the person, you can just tell them how you feel about what they did to you.

Alexis: We also listened to a song in class about hurting people's feelings called "Don't Laugh at Me" and afterward everybody in my class talked about different bullying situations and how to deal with them. In this class we also learned that there are three roles in bullying, the aggressor, the witness and the target. The agressor is the one who hurts other people's feelings, the witness is the one who sees and hears what's happening, the target is the person who is getting bullied. It taught me that bullying can be more complicated than we think.

Maddie: So now that you have finished this piece, what would you like to produce next?

Destiny: I want to produce a piece about what kids our age say we want to be when we grow up, and then interview adults about what they used to say they wanted to be.

Alexis: I also want to produce a piece about how different fashion styles affect social interactions and cliques.

"Bullied:" Behind the scenes from producer Chloe Chaobol of Alaska Teen Media Institute

March 9, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Chloe Deeta Chaobal

My story, Aggressors Victims Bystanders, focused on education in the Anchorage School District.  The hard part about making the story, was making sure that people in other places could relate to it.  My idea came randomly one day in class.  I wondered how this was actually making a difference, and what other kids thought about the class.  I thought my peers would think it was lame, but I was wrong.  I was very surprised and happy.  I learned what the teachers thought when they discussed bullying.  I didn't learn how to identify a bully. I felt I already knew this, but I did learn about how people perceive bullying. I found it just as valuable as learning about bullying. I was happy to be a part of this project.  It took a lot of hard work and I am pleased with the end results.

Looking back, I wish I would've figured out the focus of my story sooner! I would've liked to have included quotes from teachers and students that were opposed to AVB. I did speak to one teacher that was against it, but he didn't want to speak on the record. Working on the project was a really great experience because this was my first realstory! 


Chloe Chaobal, Alaska Teen Media Institute: Hello! I enjoy writing, reading, making movies, reporting stories, rock climbing, drumming, playing guitar, and going to school (weird, I know, :D)!

Chloe's Pitch: In the Anchorage School District our teachers use the Aggressors, Victims, Bystanders (AVB) lessons to teach youth about bullying. Are these AVB lessons actually making a difference in the Anchorage Community? Is it a real solution?

"Bullied:" Behind the scenes from producer Iris SanGiovanni of Blunt Youth Radio

March 1, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Iris SanGiovanni

I was exceptionally thrilled with the outcome of Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX, and I'm pleased I could be a part of it. It was great to finally hear teen perspectives on the topic of bullying. Each piece created for this special focused on different aspects of bullying, all were absolutely wonderful. My piece was unique in the fact it focused not on the victim or bystander, but the bully itself. 

The piece was based off the idea that anyone can be a bully, and in fact many of us are or have been. I feel very fortunate for the interviews I was able to have. 

Alice is a senior at Casco Bay High School in Portland, Maine. I spoke with her about her own experiences as a bully. It was absolutely wonderful speaking with Alice, listening to her story and insight. As hinted in the piece, Alice is from an immigrant family. Though this was not mentioned in the piece, I later found out Alice was born in Sudan during the war and left the Uganda refugee camp to live in America when she was nine. I appreciate the courage Alice had to share her story because it's not an easy thing to do. It's a difficult task for people to just identify themselves as a bully let alone share their experience.

Producer Iris SanGiovanni

Cynthia Erdley is a professor of psychology at the University of Maine located in Orono, Maine. It was great to have her insight on the mind of a bully. I left the interview with a better understanding of what a bully really is. I learned that we all are capable of being a bully, but more importantly we're all capable of changing that too.


To make this experience even more worthwhile was being able to use new equipment and software supplied by Generation PRX. I had only wished I had better experience with both prior to this project. I think the inexperience may have played a role in the poor sound quality of my piece. Well, you live and you learn. 


I'm so glad I can say I was a part of this special. A special thanks to Alice and Cynthia, Jones and Catie, and Claire for all their help. I congratulate my fellow producers for their wonderful works of audio and to the hosts of this special.


Iris SanGiovanni, Blunt Youth Radio Project: Iris SanGiovanni is a 17-year-old junior at South Portland High School. She has been a member of WMPG's Blunt Youth Radio for two years. Along with being involved with Blunt, she enjoys playing trumpet in her school's marching and jazz bands.

Iris' pitch: The Psychology of Everyday Bullying: We've all experienced at least one moment where we've bullied another individual, whether intentional or not, but what stopped us from continuing to bully others? Was it our conscience or the feeling of guilt that stopped us?