Radio 101 - After school

After School Fall 2022


It's a different kind of after-school program. Think of it less as a club and more like a real-world internship.

You'll be working as a youth-reporter looking into issues that are affecting your community. This fall, the Radio 101 after-school program will be looking into the idea of Home. What does home mean to you? What happens when we lose our home? How does our home define who we are? And much more! How you interpret the theme, is up to you.

Throughout the semester, you will learn how to use the equipment professional journalists use, how to tell stories that captivate your audience (and potential college board admissions and/or employers), and you will get to hear yourself on the air! Yeah, that’s right. The best stories will be broadcast on 88.5 WFDD. And if they are really, really good (which we know they will be), we’ll pitch them to NPR, on which more than 30 million people will listen to your voice telling a story…pretty cool, huh?

While the after-school program is free and open to high school students from all over the area, we do require a certain level of commitment in order to participate:

  • The program meets every Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at the WFDD studios.
  • We will begin on September 22nd and we will finish on early December. Missing one week is like missing a whole month of school. A LOT happens in just one week.

What you need in order to participate:

  • An idea of how you interpret the theme for this fall. It doesn't have to be a full pitch, but just a sense of the story you'd like to work on. The story can come from your own experience, or just an interest that you might have. For example, you might want to know what is like for a teenager to deal with homelessness, or you might have an anecdote about your hometown...
  • You should be comfortable writing. A three to four minute story roughly translates to a 500 word essay. 
Radio 101 After school students
This is your pitch. In 300-400 words, tell us why you are the best person for the job!
This doesn't mean that YOU WILL HAVE TO do these stories, it's just a way to see what moves you to do this.
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