Career Advice From the President by Iman Fears of Minnesota Public Radio News

June 2, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Iman in Washington

Photo by Jakub Mosur

Iman Fears (right) was one of two teens chosen from Minnesota to attend the U.S. Sentae Youth Program. She spent a week in D.C. in early March 2010, conducting interviews and recording her thoughts in an audio diary.

In addition to meeting her senators, a chance few people have to begin with, she also met the President and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This inspiring report was featured as apart of Minnesota Public Radio News's Youth Radio Series.


MPR's Youth Radio Series pairs high school and college-age reporters from diverse backgrounds with an experienced MPR producer to create compelling stories for MPR News, as they say on their website. That producer is usually Sasha Aslanian. She told me that the program was created after their first youth reported piece aired. There was such an overwhelming response from listeners, they now try to deliver a youth reported piece once a month. Check out the sensational premiere, Welfare Migration by Paris Porter on PRX.

Check it out! I talked to Iman on the phone and she does give the gossip like I promised: USA chants in the White House, and staying in the same hotel as former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer when he was, uh, scandalizing himself.

(Listen to the interview!)

Music in this episode is by Deal the Villain and I.D. and Baobinga. It was found at the Free Music Archive.

But does anyone go into public media for the money?

September 24, 2009 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Here's a fun fact that's been making it's way around the internet today:

“Katie Couric’s annual salary is more than the entire annual budgets of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered combined. Couric’s salary comes to an estimated $15 million a year; NPR spends $6 million a year on its morning show and $5 million on its afternoon one. NPR has seventeen foreign bureaus (which costs it another $9.4 million a year); CBS has twelve.” (Michael Massing, for the Columbia Journalism Review)

Massing continues on about how the media's coverage of itself has been focussing on the WILD NOTION that Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric, two LADIES, could anchor news, which is not really much of a controversial topic. Massing wonders why journalists are not questioning the pay scale and the budgets of news organizations, and instead probing a less self-reflective controversy.

Granted, Katie Couric's audience size is a wee bit bigger than NPR's and she does work for a commercial news network. But does anyone else find this a little crazy? Think of all the new journalists CBS could hire to expand their foreign bureaus if Ms. Couric took a mere $3 million paycut.

UPDATE: The average viewership for CBS Evening News is 6 million. Listenership for Morning Edition and All Things Considered? 14 million (a little more rough of a figure). Massing has been getting crap on his comments for comparing commercial media to non-profit media, but I think he's just trying to say: Use your money wisely, CBS.

Radio Arte | First Voice

September 15, 2009 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

If you're sitting near your computer (or near a radio if you live on the west side of Chicago) at 6 pm Central time (that's 7 EST, 5 Mountain, and 4 Pacific), tune in to Radio Arte's First Voice or Primera Voz at or 90.5 FM. It's a talk show that features young voices hashing it out about issues local and global. Check out Radio Arte's website while you're at it. It's pretty slick and the station is one of the few entirely youth programmed in the country. And if you're in Chicago, head to Pilsen to actually visit the studio. They have an awesome store-front broadcasting room.