The Next Generation Radio is a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia stories. This project for university students was produced at WHYY in Philadelphia in June 2017.

Read and listen to our stories:

‘I Never Saw Myself In The Rainbow’

Philadelphia released a redesign of the new pride flag in June, and the LGBTQ community has mixed opinions.  | Read and listen

by Taylor Allen

Response To A Toxic Political Climate? Art About Parasites

Jonathan Santoro isn’t a political artist, but he recently found himself making art inspired by the anxious political climate in the U.S. In a time when the National Endowment for the Arts is threatened and funding is pulled over a Trump-inspired production of “Julius Caesar,” what does it mean to be an artist? | Read and listen

by Julia Bell

Your Uber Is Arriving: Do You Know Who Your Driver Is?

When you jump into an Uber, you never know what other life your driver may lead. In his spare time, Ken Sparks drives his 2014 Ford Fusion for Uber, but his full-time job is as a perfusionist technician at various Philadelphia hospitals. Sparks told Next Generation Radio reporter Sarah Diomande how a need for redemption led him to both jobs. | Read and listen
Related: Stories from the “Brave New World” of Ridesharing

by Sarah Diomande

Using A ‘Doctorate In Life’ To Aid In Recovery

Kirk Parsons works as a recovery specialist to rehabilitate people in the LGBTQ community who are suffering from addiction, but only after his own eight-year battle with substance abuse. | Read and listen

by Jon Dowding

Resilient Roots

Urban farmer and artist Meei-Ling Ng is restoring the overgrown garden at the Union Baptist Church in South Philadelphia. Greys Ferry residents will enjoy fresh blueberries, tomatoes, okra and chard by next year. Her gardening comes from her upbringing in a Singapore farming village. In this story, produced by Next Generation Radio reporter Amanda Thieu, Ng reveals how her agricultural roots build community. | Read and listen

by Amanda Thieu


Daily reflections:

Our Storify

Our Storify

The 2017 NPR Next Generation Radio WHYY-Philadelphia fellows Taylor Allen, Julia Bell, Sarah Diomande, Jon Dowding and Amanda Thieu were guided by mentors Taunya English, Alex Lewis, Amy Tardif, Nicki Mayo, Doug Mitchell, Trenae Nuri, Catalina Jaramillo, John Di Carlo and Jeannette Woods at WHYY.

Preparation Is Everything

Preparation Is Everything

I knew going into this fellowship that I would be working diligently every day. I knew I would be testing my capabilities of telling a really great story. What I did not know was that I would be reaffirmed in the belief that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.

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This Is Going To Go By So Fast

This Is Going To Go By So Fast

This project reinforced my passions and aspirations of becoming a journalist. For me, “Next Generation Radio” makes me feel that I’m being trained to be apart of the next generation of storytellers.

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We are finding, coaching and training public media’s next generation. This #nextgenradio project is created in partnership with WHYY-FM Philadelphia. Learn more about Next Generation Radio and upcoming programs.


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