RadioActive Youth Media is where young people discover public radio journalism and gain access to the skills, community and institutional resources that spur their growth as media makers. Through their stories, listeners of all ages gain a deeper understanding of young people whose voices are rarely heard by the greater public.

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RadioActive is proud to offer award-winning youth journalism and radio storytelling workshops throughout the year. Our approach is to provide interactive, collaborative workshops where participants learn the technical, social and emotional skills needed to amplify the stories that matter to them.

Our philosophy is that youth voices are powerful and not heard often enough.

Participants learn about journalism, audio recording, audio editing, interviewing, script writing and speaking on the air. They work with professional journalists at KUOW. They gain confidence and leadership skills in a supportive environment while collaborating with other participants to make radio stories and episodes for the RadioActive podcast on topics they choose. There is no experience necessary, and participants are paid for successfully completing the program.

Through our community workshops, RadioActive serves nearly 900 young people a year at more that 25 schools and community organizations. In these short-term programs, youth discover public radio journalism, learn basic radio storytelling skills, and share their voice.

We prioritize working with communities without ready access to media platforms and/or who are underserved by high quality arts programs.

  • Tri-Cities Radio Journalism Workshop for Teens

    You're invited to spend a weekend working with professional public radio journalists to make your own radio story. In this workshop, you'll learn how to record and edit audio, conduct interviews, write a script, and speak on air. You don't need to have any previous audio or journalism experience to apply. The goal of this workshop is to introduce young people to public radio journalism, and to amplify the voices and experiences of teens in Eastern Washington.

    When: Nov 16, 2019 Where: WSU Tri-Cities Apply By: Nov 03, 2019 Apply Now!
  • Intro to Radio Journalism: Summer 2019

    Applications to our summer 2019 workshop are closed. The workshop will meet from July 1 - August 16, 2019. We'll have a public listening party to hear the completed work in late August.

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Meet the Current Youth Producers

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our summer journalism workshop. Sixteen teens, aged 15-18, will spend six weeks learning what it means to be a journalist.

Meet the Producers

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