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.
Every summer a group of teenagers pitch, report, write and produce radio stories as a part of WUNC’s Youth Reporting Institute. The young reporters pick stories that illuminate aspects of their community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode Durham rapper, G Yamazawa, tells us his thoughts on the news.
"News has really broadened itself to different forms. One of the main forms of news for my generation and younger is social media. Not only do you get news clips but you also get a personalized reaction to it."
In this episode Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington says, “It’s an interesting question not because I think that news is being redefined. There used to be at least lip service or homage paid to a lack of bias in news."
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.