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.
It's become a lot more common for young LGBTQ people to see themselves represented in media. Just look at the variety of streaming shows right now with "Gentleman Jack," "Heartstopper," and "RuPaul's Drag Race." These are programs where people can see themselves, and their potential future, represented and celebrated. But just because you see a part of yourself represented on the big screen, doesn't mean you feel welcome within your own community.
KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our Advanced Radio Journalism Workshop. Twelve graduates of our Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop are spending the spring with KUOW, and gaining advanced communications, audio production, and journalism skills.
The first time my grandfather showed me the ocean, I was underwhelmed. I was 12 years old and totally unimpressed. But the second time we went, three years later, it just hit different.
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 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.
Summer 2022 Intro to Radio Journalism WorkshopLearn More
In this hands-on one-week summer workshop, teens learn radio journalism and storytelling skills, build confidence, and work with others while creating a radio story about one person in their home or community.
This is a PAID opportunity open to teens ages 15-18 in the greater Seattle area.
Applications for summer 2022 are now closed.
SoundBites: Self-Guided Audio Storytelling ActivitiesLearn More
We're excited to share 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.