Jones posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 | Blog, PRX | No Comments
Way back in the fall of 2010, when we first started talking to the Generation PRX network about creating an hour-long youth special on bullying, we knew we were on to something.
Over the past several years, GPRX has collaborated with stations (KUOW, WBEZ, NHPR) and youth producers to tackle issues ranging from immigration, to parenting, to Black masculinity. The shows – which bring a uniquely youth perspective to topics that young people experience first hand – have been PRX hits.
But this time? We’ve been bowled over by pick up both on and off the radio.
So far, Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX has been licensed by 16 different stations. It’s been spotlighted on the Third Coast Festival library, written about on FoxNews.com and GPRX Director Jones Franzel was interviewed on Jonathan Hunts’ show on FoxNews.com (true story!)
Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX was funded by the Motorola Mobility Foundation and comes from (awesome, amazing) producer Catie Talarski, Connecticut Public Radio and PRX. You’ll find the back story to how this ambitious special came together as well as individual posts from featured youth radio groups on generationprx.org. We’re so proud of the work the whole team did, and gratified that the show is finding audiences far and wide.
Jones posted on Monday, November 8th, 2010 | Blog | No Comments
We’re always impressed with YouthCast host, Vocalo morning co-host and all ’round awesome Molly Adams. But last week she went national: Molly was on Jeopardy. Yes, that Jeopardy. 9-million-viewers-a-day, originator of the da-da-da-dam why-are-you-taking-so-long music, upside down answer/question format Jeopardy.
And while Molly didn’t win the game, she did go into Final Jeopardy with the lead and went down with characteristic style (captured in the clip below). For $500, who rocks the YouthCast bells? Molly Adams.
Jones posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009 | Blog, Station Newsletters | 3 Comments
As a youth media person, I’m always most interested in the *surprise!* youth media track at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters conference. And though this year’s gathering on April 1-5th was no exception – presentations from June Fox of DEI on fund raising and Brett Myers of Youth Radio on Storytelling in Sound and Pictures were highlights – the smaller numbers of youth gave me the chance to mingle with some of the bigger kids, and I learned a lot here, too.
Web 2.0 discussions abounded, with some particularly thought-provoking points emerging out of the “Looking Ahead: Radio in 5 Years” panel, moderated by Peggy Berryhill of Native Public Media and featuring Mark Fuerst (Innovation4Media), Rebecca Martin (Youth Radio), Skip Pizzi (media technology consultant) and Norm Stockwell (WORT, Madison). Mark talked frankly about how radio is in decline, and how stations should focus not on being the builders of social media or new services (a fairly brave thing to say to a station crowd!) so much as collaborating with online providers. Mark also lamented the U.S.’s out-of-date legislation which gives a majority of public money to the failing public TV sector and advocated for the CBC model, which devotes 3% of its budget to new media (and quickly became a destination after doing so).
Rebecca, of Youth Radio (which, tellingly, is renaming itself Youth Media International), gave a compelling overview of YR’s cross-media approach. The organization is both agile and willing to experiment with new projects, and their focus is on what they call “the spread:” launching video/photo/audio bits that are short, modular and portable on multiple sites. Notably, all of their producer kits now include a still camera and a Flip video camera.
Skip Pizzi summarized the panel’s general emphasis on content over platform by saying, “radio is what you do, not what you are.” All cautioned against getting too attached to any particular delivery method.
Sue Schardt, president of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, moderated an interesting panel on “Moving Audience, Shaping the Sound of Tomorrow” which featured Makers Quest winner/KUOW Producer/GPRX collaborator Jenny Asarnow, WFUV DJ Trent Wolbe, who’s been doing remote live broadcasts via IP technology, and Hammad Ahmed, whose project http://jackstraw.org/radiolingual has some really interesting models of participatory audio and language learning.
All of this good material, but only the youth media track featured an icebreaker involving personal facts and a roll of toilet paper. Youth producers from Terrascope Youth Radio, Youth Radio and Hopi High left with an understanding of distribution options and peer feedback through PRX, new tools for finding money and hands-on cross-media experience. On day two, youth producers documented a trip to legendary local establishment Voodoo Donuts and trekked to Oregon Public Broadcasting for an interview with station manager Steve Bass and a surprise, impromptu visit from the host of PBS’ Lehrer News Hour, Jim Lehrer. See more photos on the Youth Radio flickr page.
Jones posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 | Blog | 4 Comments
David Green of Third Grade Audio recently wrote to share news of windfall profits this quarter. Thanks to a KVMR license of “Questions for Martin Luther King, Jr.” his third grade producers found themselves in the black with earnings of $1.20. And being a fair and kind boss, David distributed the profits equally among all contributors: one nickel each.
|We should add that David is not only kind, but fastidious. He wrote, “So, for accuracy’s sake, each of my students will get 4.3¢, or one Czech Koruna, which is worth that much at current exchange rates. Since I can’t get my hands on any Koruny, my co-teacher, Amy Kenyon, and I have each generously added 10¢ of our own to the pot, thus bringing payment for each third grader up to a nickel.” Isn’t it great when management cuts you a deal?|
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