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Summer 2021 Online intro to Radio Journalism Workshop

Applications are now open! CLICK HERE TO APPLY BY MARCH 9

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The early application deadline is 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, March 9th. The final application deadline is 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, May 4th. We encourage you to apply early -- the application process will become more competitive after the first deadline passes.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: In this fun, challenging, and hands-on virtual workshop, teens learn radio journalism and storytelling skills, build confidence, and work with others while creating a true radio story about one person. The 2021 workshop will be held online on Zoom, and will run from Monday, July 12 through Friday, August 6, 2021.

This is a PAID opportunity open to teens ages 15-18 in the greater Seattle area (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties). Youth earn $600 for completing the workshop. We prioritize youth who do not already have access to robust arts and media programs. This workshop is also the entry point to our Advanced Producers program, a year-round opportunity to collaborate on youth-led radio productions. Read on for more information about the workshop.

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YOU SHOULD APPLY IF

  • You are 15-18 years old (you must be 15 by July 7, 2021 to be eligible).
  • You live in the greater Seattle metropolitan area (King, Pierce, Snohomish or Kitsap county).
  • You're excited to use media to tell true stories. You're engaged in the world. You're curious and always asking questions. You love writing and want to try telling stories through sound.
  • You want to share all sides of the story as a journalist — this workshop is NOT a platform to promote a cause, organization, or point of view.
  • You're ready to try new things: No broadcasting or journalism experience required! In fact, we prioritize youth who do not already have access to robust arts and media programs.

WHEN, WHERE AND WHAT

  • In this workshop, you will work with a mentor to produce a true audio story about one person in your home or community. The story you produce will be posted on KUOW.org and included in the RadioActive podcast. Some stories may air on 94.9.
  • DATES: Monday, July 12 through Friday, August 6, 2021.
  • There will be a mandatory orientation on Wednesday, July 7 in the evening and a virtual Listening Party on Saturday, August 14.
  • WEEKLY SCHEDULE BY DAY:

--> Monday: 10 AM-noon and 2-4 PM

--> Tuesday: 10 AM-noon and 2-4 PM

--> Wednesday: 10 AM-noon and 2-4 PM

--> Thursday: 2-4 PM

--> Friday: Optional drop-in sessions

Note: You will need to put in additional time outside of workshop hours to complete projects.

  • LOCATION: Online, on Zoom.
  • All equipment needed is provided for the duration of the program, including a laptop, audio recorder, smartphone, and/or internet hot-spot if needed. Oh, and a TON of snacks.
  • For successfully completing the workshop, you'll earn $600.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Attend all workshop meetings.
  • Complete work on time (you will work outside of workshop hours).
  • Work on your own and in small groups.
  • Have fun, be creative, take risks!

WHAT YOU'LL GET OUT OF THIS WORKSHOP

  • Improve your communications skills: writing, listening, and talking to people. Build your confidence and leadership skills.
  • Work with professional journalists. Develop time management skills and meet deadlines in a professional setting. Learn how to give and receive feedback in a collaborative and creative environment.
  • Be part of a supportive, collaborative, fun group of teens. Gain mentors to support your career and education path.
  • By finishing this workshop, you earn the opportunity to keep making radio at KUOW as an advanced producer.
  • For successfully completing the workshop, you'll earn $600.

COVID-19 FAQ FOR AN ONLINE WORKSHOP

  • Do I need to have my own computer and internet connection to do this workshop?

We'll provide a laptop and audio recorder for each participant, and a phone and wifi hot-spot if you need one. We'll disinfect the equipment in advance and arrange to deliver it to you in a safe way.

  • Will we still have mentors in an online workshop?

We'll still have skilled journalism mentors working one-on-one with each participant.

  • Will there still be a listening party at the end of the online workshop?

We'll be sharing the stories via an online event that will be shaped by participant feedback.

  • Will I still be able to participate in RadioActive Advanced Producer programming if I do the online workshop?

Yes! Anyone who completes the online workshop will be a part of our graduate community. We won't be able to cover the same exact stuff in this workshop as in our regular summer program, so we'll find a way to offer opportunities for additional skill-building to graduates of this workshop if they want to join certain Advanced Producer programs.

  • Since the workshop is online, can I apply if I live outside of the Seattle area?

Unfortunately, no. This workshop is only open to teens ages 15-18 who live in the greater Seattle metropolitan area (King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counties). This is because teens in this workshop will be eligible for future in-person programming, which takes place in Seattle's University District.

  • Will there be chances to meet in person if it is safe to do so by then?

Safety of participants and staff is our top priority. If given the green light to do so by CDC guidance and KUOW leadership, we will offer the opportunity to have Thursday mentor group meetings at the KUOW radio station in Seattle's University District. Either way, we will offer optional online social meetups with KUOW staff throughout the workshop.

  • Is the in-person Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop canceled forever?

Definitely not! We're hoping to bring back our regular summer workshop next year. We're putting a pause on it for now so that we can come back strong as soon as possible.

Questions?

Email Kelsey Kupferer at kkupferer@kuow.org or call/text 206-945-4346.

HOW TO APPLY:

  • DIGITAL APPLICATION: You can apply online at this link.
  • PDF/PRINT APPLICATION: If you prefer to fill out a PDF version of the application, you can find one below. You can can email your application to kkupferer@kuow.org, or you can print and mail your application to: RadioActive, KUOW Public Radio, 4518 University Way NE, Suite #310, Seattle, WA 98105.
  • Admission to this workshop is selective — you apply by pitching a story, and go through an interview process before being accepted. Need help? Contact Kelsey at kkupferer@kuow.org or call/text 206-945-4346. We're happy to read through your application and offer feedback before you submit. Don't worry about having perfect grammar or spelling in your application — we want to get a sense of who you are and the stories you care about.
  • If you'd like a Word or other version of the application, or if you have an accessibility request, send a note to Kelsey at kkupferer@kuow.org or call/text 206-945-4346.
  • The early application deadline is March 9, and the final application deadline is May 4, 2021.
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Color PDF - RadioActive Summer 2021 Workshop Application

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Black & White PDF - RadioActive Summer 2021 Workshop Application

This is a black and white PDF version of the RadioActive summer 2021 workshop application. This version has no images, and is easier to print.

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Prmotional Flyer - Intro To Radio Journalism Workshop 2021

This is an 8.5x11 inch flyer parents and educators can use to spread the word about the workshop.