The Next Generation Radio is a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia stories. This project for university students was produced at WHYY in Philadelphia in June 2017.
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Jonathan Santoro isn’t a political artist, but he recently found himself making art inspired by the anxious political climate in the U.S. In a time when the National Endowment for the Arts is threatened and funding is pulled over a Trump-inspired production of “Julius Caesar,” what does it mean to be an artist? | Read and listen
When you jump into an Uber, you never know what other life your driver may lead. In his spare time, Ken Sparks drives his 2014 Ford Fusion for Uber, but his full-time job is as a perfusionist technician at various Philadelphia hospitals. Sparks told Next Generation Radio reporter Sarah Diomande how a need for redemption led him to both jobs. | Read and listen
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Urban farmer and artist Meei-Ling Ng is restoring the overgrown garden at the Union Baptist Church in South Philadelphia. Greys Ferry residents will enjoy fresh blueberries, tomatoes, okra and chard by next year. Her gardening comes from her upbringing in a Singapore farming village. In this story, produced by Next Generation Radio reporter Amanda Thieu, Ng reveals how her agricultural roots build community. | Read and listen
The 2017 NPR Next Generation Radio WHYY-Philadelphia fellows Taylor Allen, Julia Bell, Sarah Diomande, Jon Dowding and Amanda Thieu were guided by mentors Taunya English, Alex Lewis, Amy Tardif, Nicki Mayo, Doug Mitchell, Trenae Nuri, Catalina Jaramillo, John Di Carlo and Jeannette Woods at WHYY.
I knew going into this fellowship that I would be working diligently every day. I knew I would be testing my capabilities of telling a really great story. What I did not know was that I would be reaffirmed in the belief that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Six months ago, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be journalist… This week was absolutely draining as well as a test of my character and skills as a journalist.
We are finding, coaching and training public media’s next generation. This #nextgenradio project is created in partnership with WHYY-FM Philadelphia. Learn more about Next Generation Radio and upcoming programs.