Youth Radio Reporters at the annual Summer Youth Reporting Institute pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for possible broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC. These young people tell stories about their community in their own voice. The Summer Youth Reporting Institute is located at the WUNC Studios at American Tobacco in downtown Durham.
Taylor Walker, 16, is a senior at Northern High School in Durham.
Hear Taylor Walker's story on police and community relations.
Our series from WUNC's Youth Reporting Institute concludes with a look at the relationship between the African American community and law enforcement. We explore the issue through the eyes of Youth Reporter Taylor Walker. She's a senior at Northern High School in Durham and grew up around law enforcement. In fact, her mom works for the Durham Police Department.
The black community is having a pretty hard time trusting law enforcement—especially the youth. A lot of us think, "Cops are out to get me."
But Steve Chalmers, the former Chief of Police for Durham, said otherwise.
Soraya Asfari, 17, is a rising senior at Wake Tech Early College.
This summer, WUNC hired seven teenagers as part of its Youth Reporting Institute. One of them wears the hijab. She said that decision inspires many questions from strangers. Soraya Asfari explores why young Muslims choose to wear the traditional head scarf.
WUNC Youth Reporter Soraya Asfari shares why she chose to wear the hijab
Muslim girls get questions all the time about the hijab.
Joshua Bratcher, 18, just graduated from Trinity School and will be attending NC A&T State University this fall.
As a part of our on-going series of stories from the WUNC Summer Youth Reporting Institute, Joshua Bratcher talked to people in his community about the significance of alternative hairstyles as you look for a job.
Peyton Sickles, 17, is a skateboarder, a self-proclaimed "techie" and a rising senior at Apex High School.
Updated September, 19 at 10:30 a.m.
As a part of the WUNC Summer Youth Reporting Institute, Peyton Sickles chose to explore the story behind a new skateboard park that opened in Apex at the beginning of August. For teenagers like Sickles, the new park solves a real problem for young people in his community. Captain Jacques Gilbert of the Apex Police Department is one of the people featured in Sickles' story.
On Monday, Sept. 21, Gilbert will be recognized at the White House as a part of "Champions of Change." The program honors examples of law enforcement connecting with youth in the community. The Apex Police Department is one of seven departments nationwide that will be honored for the program. Listen to the story behind the skate park below:
WUNC Youth Reporter Peyton Sickles reports on a new skate park opening in Apex, NC.
It’s 7 p.m. on a Friday night inside of Hope Chapel Church in Apex, NC. There are 40 teenagers with skateboards inside the church, flying across ramps and shredding along rails.
A group of teenage reporters is adding the final touches to their stories this week as a part of WUNC's Youth Reporting Institute. The interviews are transcribed, the scripts have been written and each piece of the story is getting its last polish. As they finish up their summers jobs at WUNC, the youth reporters took some time to reflect and preview what listeners should anticipate hearing on the air in the coming weeks.
Our student reporters for the Summer Youth Reporting Institute are venturing out this week to collect interviews for their original stories. We asked them what songs they will be listening to while they are on the go this summer. Check out their summer hits below:
This week, six teenage reporters grabbed a microphone and went out into Durham to find a story. They encountered enthusiastic interviewees and some not-so-enthusiastic near a Durham bus stop on a hot summer’s day.
Lili Morales is a senior at Northern High School in Durham, N.C. As a part of WUNC's Youth Radio Project, she reports on the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Young people who entered the country illegally with their parents are eligible for the program if they are in school -- but they have to renew every two years. It's a stressful process for some.
Teens in North Carolina are using the term "thirsty" these days, and they don't mean that they need a drink. The term refers to a specific behavior - one that occurs in social media, or in person. Teen reporter Morgan Manson explains:
About a thousand refugees resettle in North Carolina each year, and one third of them are from Burma and Thailand. The Triangle is home to four of the nation's 10 refugee and immigrant resettlement organizations. There are two in Durham, and two in Raleigh.
Resettlement agencies distribute State Department grants, a one-time payment of $925 per refugee. For the first 90 days, the State Department provides housing and language assistance. But 90 days isn't a very long time when you are coming from a refugee camp.
As in summers past, WUNC staff members are mentoring six teenage reporters. The young people come from three different counties, and get to see the inner workings of a public radio member station for several weeks while developing their own stories. Seasoned reporters are teaching them the tricks of the trade.
At the end of their first week on the job, we asked the students to submit a 'selfie' and tell us one thing that surprised them about the station.
"I am surprised that a radio station is so quiet and big," Lili Morales said.
Where do you find those stories? That is one of the most-asked question of a radio reporter. Six young people will find out the answer this summer in WUNC's 3rd annual Summer Youth Radio Institute. The Institute kicked off Monday June 23 with an ambitious goal: teach the teens to find stories in their communities and give them the tools to tell those stories on the radio.
More than 50 young people applied to be a part of the experience. The rookie reporters hired for the six positions come from Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.