Youth Reporting Institute

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on air radio podcasting and interviewingYounger generations have developed a peaked interest in storytelling. Radio Journalism can provide opportunities for individuals to shed light on relevant societal and communal issues on a more personal level. Despite social media being an obvious and more popular method of sharing stories for many, the Youth Reporting Institute strives to help young people see radio journalism and media-production as an excellent place to start exploring.

The Youth Reporting Institute, a virtual radio journalism training program based out of WUNC radio station, was created to help to help students learn more about radio journalism and how it can be used as a method of empowerment. We met with two university journalism students, Kiana and Sofia, to hear more about both their personal experiences during and developments after participating in the summer program.

In the episode we discover more about how the Youth Reporting Insititute grants opportunities for both high school and college students to do a number of things. These include:

  • networking
  • developing editing, cutting, storytelling and interviewing skills
  • sharing their personal life experiences
  • learning how to use professional audio equipment

Our conversation explores how each student began their storytelling journey as well as their personal opinions on how critical thinking can be implied in journalism. The episode also includes some reflection on the need for storytelling over the past two years, with special consideration of how topics such as racial injustice and/or access to healthcare are broadcasted by journalists in the “big media”.

The Youth Reporting Institute encourages any students interested in journalism or media-production between the ages of 13-25 to apply to their award-winning summer training program. Reach out to WUNC via e-mail ( to learn more about the training and application process.

To hear more about these reflections or gain some advice as a new journalist, listen to the full episode here! We also encourage you to consider the Questions for Extended Dialogue that are listed below. Let’s continue to use conversation to inspire today’s young minds!

Questions for Extended Dialogue 

  1.  We ask Sofia and Kiana to reflect on the shift in storytelling throughout the past couple of years. What are your views on how (or if) journalists value true storytelling today versus 2-3 years ago?
  2. In what ways can youth play a role in raising awareness on topics that are less popular these days in the “big media”?
  3. What are some issues/topics that youth populations think need to be discussed more through radio journalism and storytelling?
  4. What does the term “storytelling” mean to you?