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.
After the election, some RadioActive teen reporters had questions: about polarization, belonging, and social media. In this episode, they set out to combine factual reporting with fictional scenes to tell an even "truer" story about these questions.
Even though we couldn't meet in person for most of the year, RadioActive Youth Media still worked with about 300 young people in 2020 - creating 29 original radio stories, podcasts, and photojournalism essays. If you missed any of these incredible perspectives from young people, catch up here.
During the lockdown, the restaurant industry was only hanging on through online orders and deliveries. But for me, those orders are how my mom and I made our rent.
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 2021 Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop
In this fun, challenging, and hands-on virtual 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. This workshop is also the entry point to RadioActive's Advanced Producers program, a year-round opportunity to collaborate on youth-led radio productions.
Applications for summer 2021 are NOW OPEN.When: Jul 12, 2021 Where: Online on Zoom Apply By: Mar 09, 2021 Apply Now
Free Saturday Podcasting ClassesLearn More
Join RadioActive youth producers for a deep-dive into audio storytelling and podcasting. Each session will focus on a different topic, including narrative storytelling, interviewing like a broadcast journalist, and hosting a podcast. These sessions are geared toward Seattle-area youth ages 14-18 who are interested in writing, storytelling, journalism, podcasting, and amplifying youth voice. You can attend each session, or choose just the sessions you’re most interested in. These classes are free, but space is limited and you do need to register in advance.
Every Saturday from 5:00-6:30pm PT from March 13 to April 10, 2021 online on Webex.
SoundBites: Self-Guided Audio Storytelling ActivitiesLearn More
Students across the country are home from school, and some are looking for creative ways to fill their days. 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 offered our 17th annual summer introductory workshop for teens. In our first-ever all-virtual workshop, twelve teens, ages 15-19, spent three weeks learning what it means to be a radio journalist.