Sponsored By: Bill and Melinda Gates Discovery Center and BECU
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.
Hear stories created by RadioActive youth producers about the people and issues that matter to young people in the Northwest. Subscribe to get our latest audio pieces delivered directly to you.
Respect, empathy, and nonviolent communication: a look into Montessori teaching
Elly McCarthy is a teacher at Pacific Crest School, a Montessori school in Ballard. RadioActive’s McKenna Kilayko talked with Elly about practicing empathy-based communication and interaction in the classroom.
'It was like a typhoon striking': How Hong Kong's attitude toward protests has changed
In 2019, the streets of Hong Kong were filled with tear gas and umbrellas. But how did they get to that point, and what’s happening now? RadioActive’s Lucas Deng wanted to learn more about how protests have changed in Hong Kong over time. So he spoke with a family friend, Mr. Woo, who has lived in Hong Kong for most of his life.
'Music is medicine': How my dad’s relationship with music evolved with him
Music has always been important to Sam Jansons. When he was 16, he heard the drums in the Led Zeppelin song "Kashmir" and decided he wanted to play. Since then, he’s expanded to playing guitar, writing songs, and even messing around with his daughter's piano a bit. RadioActive’s Josie Jansons has this story about her dad, her family, and the role music plays in their lives.
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 600 young people a year at more than 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.
Summer 2023 Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop
In this four-and-a-half week intensive summer workshop, teens get PAID to learn radio journalism and storytelling skills, build confidence, and work with others while creating a radio story and a podcast episode about the topics of their choice.
This is a PAID opportunity open to teens ages 15-18 in the greater Seattle area.
Applications for summer 2023 are open NOW. Early application deadline is March 28, and final deadline is May 9, 2023.When: Jul 10, 2023 Where: Some days in-person at KUOW & some days online on Zoom Apply By: May 09, 2023 Apply Now
SoundBites: Self-Guided Audio Storytelling ActivitiesLearn More
Looking to build your audio storytelling skills? Here's 12 bite-sized audio storytelling activities for teens and pre-teens. These self-directed activities take about 30 minutes to complete, and can be done in any order either alone or with a partner.
Meet the Current Youth Producers
KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer the Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop each summer, and the Advanced Producers Workshop each spring. In both workshops, youth get learn about radio journalism and audio storytelling, and make audio stories that are published on the RadioActive podcast and 94.9 FM.