2017 Youth Reporting Institute

WUNC's 2017 Youth Reporting Institute students, from left to right: Endia Purdie, Skylar Fisher, Emmanuel Tobe, Star Smith, Loulou Batta, Katherine Gan, and Anthony Howard.
Credit Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Youth Radio reporters at the annual Summer Youth Reporting Institute pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC. These young people tell stories about their community in their own voice.

Youth Reporters: Loulou Batta, Skylar Fisher, Katherine Gan, Anthony Howard, Endia Purdie, Star Smith, Emmanuel Tobe
Project Mentors: Kamaya Truitt-Martin, Allison Swaim
WUNC Staff Mentors: Elizabeth Baier, Dave DeWitt, Leoneda Inge, Laura Pellicer, Jay Price, Anita Rao, Charlie Shelton-Ormond
Digital Editor: Elizabeth Baier
Program Director: David Brower

For a closer look at individual youth reporters' stories, click on the links below.

Ways to Connect

The inaugural members of the Black Student Union at Riverside High School.
Courtesy of Emmanuel Tobe / WUNC

Maybe the most obvious lesson I learned from my Advanced Placement Psychology class was about math. There were some numbers that didn’t seem to add up.

A Forked Road: Find A Job Or Go To College?

Sep 21, 2017
Star Smith wrestled with the idea of taking a manager training position or going to college.
Courtesy of Star Smith / WUNC

As a high school senior, you often come across many forked roads. Where are you going to apply for college? How are you going to pay for college if you get in? What do you see yourself doing in life? Is it even worth it to actually go to college? You’re finally done with high school and you are left in oblivion.

The NC A&T State University swim team, which school officials ended nearly two years ago.
Courtesy of Kevin Dorsey

When North Carolina A&T State University ended its swim program nearly two years ago, it also shut the doors of the last all-black collegiate swim team in the country.

Jonathan Terry is a tenor drum player in the North Carolina Central University Marching band.
Kelley Purdie / WUNC

To many, marching band is a another pastime during a football halftime. But for Jonathan Terry, it's more. Band changed his life. Terry used to be a troublemaker, but now he plays tenor drum in North Carolina Central University’s marching band.

A screengrab of a  Wakefield High School students Snapchat acount depicting a dark skinned figure hanging by a rope beside a bed sheet that reads ‘Make Wakefield Tripp Again #SMARTLUNCH
Snapchat user: its_sierra15

Here’s a list of senior pranks we’ve seen in recent years at Wakefield High School: tying a trash can to a flagpole, scattering balloons on the floor, placing a painted cow on top of the roof. But, what happened this year took pranks to another level.

A Philosophy of Radical Acceptance: Harm Reduction

Aug 18, 2017
man holding two vials of Naloxone.
Skylar Fisher / WUNC

My name is Skylar Fisher, and I’m 18 years old. I just graduated from a public high school in Raleigh, and all things considered, I had a pretty normal experience. I was the lead in the school musical, I went to concerts at Cat’s Cradle, and I also packaged overdose kits every month to be passed out to opiate users.

Hannah Wang and Olivia Liu research the benefits and harms of taking military action in the South China Sea.
Allison Swaim / WUNC

Most seventh graders spent this past summer swimming at the pool or hanging out with their friends. But not Hannah Wang. She’s one of 20 kids who attended a week-long debate camp for the Chinese-American community in Wake County.

About Our 2017 Youth Radio Reporters

Aug 3, 2017
WUNC's 2017 Youth Reporting Institute students.
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Youth Radio reporters at the annual Summer Youth Reporting Institute pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.