5 Tools to Build Your Radio chops

October 2, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Radio education bonanza! Here are five excellent tools for building your audio chops:

1. Online tutorials from American Student Radio. ASR has been doing lots of exciting work since its launch just last year. Among their many accomplishments: a fleet of online video tutorials and .pdfs covering everything from using Audition software, to recording with your iPhone to making your first vox pop


 2. Transom Online Workshops. Transom, that great source for online tools and in-person workshops, is piloting an exciting MOOC-Style Online Workshop. Currently testing, you can follow the progress of the current workshop, volunteer to beta test, or sit on your hands excitedly until the official launch.

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3. And speaking of Transom,  radio teacher guru Rob Rosenthal talks you through recording via iPhone using the free TASCAM PCM app. Producers with smart phones who claim radio inertia due to lack of equipment? The gig is up!

4. Those of you near the Bay Area can check out veteran teacher Claire Schoen's excellent Soup-to-Nuts seminar. The $250, 2-day intensive on documentary radio production takes places on October 27th & 28th. Learn more at www.claireschoenmedia.com

5. Look no further! One of the best ways to improve your radio skills is to LISTEN. The Youth Editorial Board makes sure the GPRX blog is constantly updated with the latest greatest work in the youth radio world.






How to Report Your Own Story from Radio Rookies and Hive NYC

September 18, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Happy day! Radio Rookies and Hive NYC have paired up to create an animated short video that answers that perennial youth radio question: What should my story be about?

Along with the video is a blog post full of prompting questions and suggested activities to get your wheels turning. Now all you have left to do is make your story and post it to PRX!

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La Oportunidad, by Victoria Campos of University of Texas

February 8, 2012 in Youthcast by Emily


Maria Isabel wasn't supposed to finish the 6th grade. She lived in a tiny mountain ranch in Mexico, where girls stayed home to cook and raise children. If her father had had his way, that's exactly what she would have done.

Instead, Maria Isabel went to a private high school, moved to the United States, and got a college degree. Now, she's a registered nurse living a comfortable life in Texas, where her daughter is studying radio, TV and film at the University of Texas. Her daughter Victoria Campos, that is — the featured producer of this week's Youthcast.


This story is like a three-layer-cake labor of love. Layer one: Victoria is interviewing her mom, whom Victoria describes as "such an inspirational figure in my life." Layer two: Victoria's mom is sharing an intimate story about two strangers who became very dear to her heart. And finally, layer three: it was while recording and editing this piece that Victoria fell in love with making radio. She told me, "I would go to the studio at 1pm and come out at 9pm and not even realize I had spent that much time in there. Throughout the process of editing this story, I realized that I was doing something I really loved."

So have a listen!


Once you've listened, consider this:
What makes this story work for you? Are there other perspectives you might like to hear in addition to Maria Isabel's? Leave a comment here, or tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Image at top: Victoria and Maria Isabel. Image below: Victoria.

We All Want the Same Thing: An Interview with Ahmed Hemeid

April 8, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

I gave a call to Ahmed Hemeid, producer of our most recent episode, right before his Biology class started at the United World College in New Mexico. That's a picture of him above, carrying his country's flag at a UWC Welcoming Ceremony.

Our conversation happened Thursday morning, right after we learned that the Israeli Defense Forces were re-starting airstrikes in Gaza in response to a retaliatory Hamas rocket launch at school bus that injured to Israelis. Now, since our conversation and as of this posting, 10 Palestinian civilians have been killed in these strikes.

It's difficult to find reasons to be hopeful. Since the first Intifada in the 1980s, the wars in Israel and the Palestnian territories of Gaza and the West Bank have been a back and forth volley of violence. But Ahmed says leaving his home has changed some of his perceptions. He had never talked to an Israeli who was not a soldier at a checkpoint. And the Israelis he has met at school had never talked to a Palestinian. Here Ahmed's positive messages of change and his stories of growing up in a country that is not quite a country.


(Listen to the interview!)

Questions asked, Answers given: Ece Ergadöz

July 5, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Ece Ergadöz produced the feature in the most recent episode of YouthCast. And though she produced it with the Youth Media Project in New Mexico, she has returned home to Turkey for the summer. She answered some questions via email ("Hi! I have my driver's test tomorrow, so sorry in advance for the short answers :) ") to let us know how her memory was jogged and her feature, Peculiar Privilege and the Elegy, was made.

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Why did it feel so awkward to ask that question about being an outsider toy your classmate? Why do you think people looked at you so strangely?

It was strange because a very tolerant atmosphere towards all cultures exists at [United World College]. Therefore, asking my friend about the feeling of outsiderness was a little out of place I think.

How did you get involved with the Youth Media Project?

I got involved because I was very involved with the Constructive Engagement of Conflict program at our school. Naomi, the director, suggested that I join YMP. I came to love the project right away.

Did you set out with a full idea of what you wanted to communicate through this story, or did it evolve more organically?

I actually had no idea about what to do at the beginning, But after talking to my German friend Tina, who is featured in my piece, I decided upon this project.

What was your writing process like? And then after that, what was your editing process like?

The writing process did not take too long because once I got the idea, it was sort of like a stream of consciousness. Editing process was tough though, especially choosing short pieces out of the long interviews I made with my friends, and figuring out the technical aspect of editing. But I had lots of fun!

Tell me a little more about growing up in Turkey. You talk about feeling out of place in your own family, but where do you feel like an insider? How would you define your culture?

I grew up in Istanbul so I have been immersed in the modern day city culture of Turkey. I am really not familiar with my parents’ ethnical backgrounds and cultures to this day. Plus, my mother was also born in Istanbul and my father moved here when he was 1-year-old. So, I have been well immersed in the majority’s culture.

Did you visit your father's hometown?

No, I haven’t been there yet. I just graduated from high school, so after all the stress I suffered during the college admission process, I much more prefer the Turkish south with lots of beaches for this summer :) I’m planning to go to my father's hometown next year. (It’s kind of cold out there in Kars)

What are you up to now?

I will be off to Harvard next fall. Thanks for featuring my story!

Youth Health Care Overview by Priya Mirmira and Grace Bronson of Y-Press

May 19, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Young people are often called "invincibles" in the parlance of the health insurance industry. For the most part, we don't have chronic health issues, we heal quickly, and then only need to see a doctor at a regularly scheduled time. But that doesn't mean that we don't have our own set of health care issues and one of those issues is access.

In this report from Priya Mirmira and Grace Bronson of Y-Press, we hear stories from two teenagers about how they're health care access was put in jeopardy and became cost-prohibitive when their parents lost the job through which they were getting insurance. With real numbers in personal anecdotes, the giant, confusing mass that is U.S. health care reform becomes a little more understandable.


Hear the rest of the series on health care and youth that Y-Press produced here on PRX.

Music in this episode is by Glasser. This track, Tremel, is available as a free download on Stereogum.

Promotion in Doubt by AJ Frazier of Radio Rookies

April 7, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

ajfrazier_mediumAJ Frazier, over there on the right, is your average teenager: smart, funny, filled with potential and of course, a terrible underachiever. I can relate.

He did a report for Radio Rookies in New York City about what it meant for him when the New York City Department of Education raised the standards for passing the 8th grade and ended social promotion. That's the practice of letting failing students head on up to the next grade so they can stay with the people they relate to socially.


Coverage of youth in the media rarely represents what young people are truly facing, thinking and saying. By helping young people reach WNYC's audience of more than one million weekly listeners, WNYC's Radio Rookies has become an integral part of the station.

- Radio Rookies on who they are and what they do.

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Music in this episode is by a cool guy named Treacle from Chicago. Check out his tracks on Vocalo.org, which is also where I spend much of my broadcast time.