Youth EB Picks: Have You Ever Been Waiting from Youth Media Project

May 2, 2013 in GPRX Blog by A.D. Quig


This piece from Youth Media Project
is a touching collection of stories. Each one is short and simple, beautifully written, and accompanied by expertly curated music that matches each story's tone. I can picture each of these in my mind perfectly — the kind face of a grandmother, the coastline, little girls flitting about in their tutus, and a lone picture on a wall. The descriptions are not too lengthy, the stories are not too earnest, and the narration holds my attention with perfect footholds for thought in between. The answer to this question is yes — we've all been waiting for something — but maybe not for moments as profound as these.

Of the many multi-voiced, almost vox pop styled pieces I've listened to on this site, this has to be one of my favorites. It's most notable for its global voices (from Tanzania, Canada, United States, and Uganda) that unite under one theme – waiting. Like a condensed "This American Life," it connects disparate tales in a way that immediately conjures memories and emotions. It lingers long after the first listen.

Other producers can learn from many of the timing decisions made in this piece. Each of the four segments last just around a minute, the pauses between them aren't distractingly long, and the music fades are artful. When pieces like these rely almost entirely on copy, it's key that the recording of the narration is the best it can be so the listener can focus on the words, not the audio quality. This piece doesn't necessarily fit perfect into any one type of programming, but it stands very well on it's own.

Signal: See Who Placed in the Zeitfunk Awards

March 25, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Zeitfunk Awards

PRX's annual Zeitfunk awards recognize the pieces, producers and stations with the mostiest, including our favorite category: Most Licensed Youth-Produced Piece. The takeaways: See if you placed! View the full Zeitfunk results.

What We're Listening To

2013 is off to a very good start. Listen!

Jaya Montague
Photo: Aidun Un

Photo: Lydia Daniller

  • Good Loose Free, from OutLoud Radio's awesome intergenerational storytelling project. A profile of Jesse, who exuberantly connects sexuality, color, clothing and spirituality.

Sarita Meena
Photo: Priyanka Pacahuli

  • India's Shifting Gender Roles: One Girl's Tale from Rhitu Chatterjee, supported by PRX's Global Story Project. 12-year-old Sarita is playful, fearless and ambitious - she's also bound to her family and well aware of her duties as a daughter. Chatterjee explores the complex shift of India's gender roles in this engrossing and sound-rich portrait.

Radio 201: Sonic IDs


Photo: Generation Justice

Vox pops are a perfect teaching tool for Radio 101. But when you're ready to move to the next level? Consider the Sonic ID. Sonic IDs capture "little fragments of life as lived by our neighbors." Just 30-60 seconds long, Sonic IDs force the producer to develop an ear for good tape. What does that sound like? Transom Story Workshop recently produced a pile of great examples, plus some guidelines on how to make them.  

This Just In

  • Looking for recognition of your work? Contest opportunities abound! See: Looking@Democracy, which offers 100K in prizes for creative media about strengthening democracy, the Digital Storymakers's Award for nonfiction multimedia, and Third Coast Festival's ShortDocs Challenge which combines food and audio (!)
  • International childrens' radio network Radijojo invites submissions to its Global Green Kids environmental project. All "green" audio submissions welcome.

Youth EB Picks: Jimmy's Story from Youth Media Project

November 1, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Connor Parker

This month, I had the pleasure of listening to some great stories–some light and sweet, others heavy and grave. "Jimmy's Story" from Youth Media Project was one of the latter, making me cringe at the horrifying story of his bullying on his football team. Stories like these are important for society to hear, as they put the limelight on bullying as an issue that affects so many kids in so many places. This piece is an important message, giving hope to those struggling with bullying and showing everyone what is happening in schools across America.

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!)

Palestinian Hoop Dreams by Ahmed Hemeid of Youth Media Project

April 6, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Photo by Flickr user JeffreyLCohen

Palestinian Hoop Dreams is a thoughtful story by Ahmed Hemeid, a student at United World College in New Mexico.  Ahmed played a lot of basketball back home. After preparing for a championship tournament, Ahmed and his teammates find out that it is canceled due to the beginning of the Gaza War.  Ahmed’s “Palestinian Hoop Dreams” is an amazing story that shows the pervasiveness of war and its effects on youth in the Gaza Strip.


Palestinian Hoop Dreams was written and narrated by Ahmed Hemeid, edited by Eliot Fisher and produced by Youth Media Project, through their educational program at the United World College. We've featured another one of these stories before, Peculiar Privelege and the Elegy by Ece Erdagoz. But head to PRX to listed to Green Army Hat, about a funny and testy relationship between the reporter and his grandfather, and Scare Those Ghosts Away, about the difference in history lessons in China and Japan.

The Gaza War is back in the news as reports of war crimes and possible prosecution is debated. Read more from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Today's intro and outro music is by one of our favorite beatmakers, Deal the Villain.

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!

Peculiar Privilege and the Elegy by Ece Erdagöz of the Youth Media Project

June 30, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Ece Erdagöz is from Turkey and studied at the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico. While in the States, she got involved with the Youth Media Project, which works with different groups of youth in schools, advocacy programs, performance art groups, etc.

Being a member of two minority groups in Turkey, Ece has been surprised that she never faced any kind of discrimination at home. But when she came to another country to study, she started interviewing her fellow "third culture" peers and found different stories of how people feel about being an outsider.

In the player below is our latest episode with the crisp writing and confident, conversational delivery from Ece Erdagöz in her piece "Peculiar Privilege and the Elegy."


Intro music is by Hayvanlar Alemi / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Outro music is by Digi G'Alessio / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Both songs were found at the awesome Free Music Archive.

Our theme encomapssing photo is from NoBorders Flickr stream. Please head over there if you want to see beautifil B&W phtotography from around the world, accompanied with the short stories behind them