Radio 101

We are a platform for young voices in our community to explore issues that they are passionate about. From personal reflections to topics of national relevance, Radio 101 provides high school students with the tools to turn their ideas into feature stories. Part of WFDD’s Hive, the Radio 101 program allows students to interact with professional journalists, experts from across the country (and the world), and collaborate with each other as they explore and learn about the world around them.

Every semester, a new cohort of students joins the Radio 101 class through our after-school program, and since 2017, Radio 101 has been offered at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, NC, as a for-credit Honors-level class. The stories the students produce air on Mondays during Morning Edition and All Things considered.

We’re always looking for students interested in joining our next Radio 101 class. If that sounds like someone you know, register here.

  • AP Photo/Alan Diaz
    6:07am May 28, 2019
    Student Journalists Student Journalists

    E-Sports: More Than Just A Game

    There are a few different ways you could make a hundred thousand dollars in just a couple of hours: Most of them we don't recommend. Or you could get really lucky and win the lottery. Or, perhaps you could play a popular video game to earn that cash.

    Playing video games at competitive levels has become increasingly popular all around the world. And for young kids, making a living doing so is extremely appealing. But how feasible is this really? Student Gabe Tappe looked into it for this edition of Radio 101.

  • Zach, Jim and Wes
    Zach Dunn
    10:32pm May 12, 2019
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    Everything Was Different But He Was The Same

    There are some universal truths when you are a kid: Horsing around is fun, you can stay up late with no consequences, and candy ... well, candy is king. But for kids diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the story is different. They need to pay attention to what they eat and what they do because the wrong choice could be fatal. Radio 101 student, Zach Dunn, looks into how this disease changed his relationship with his best friend.

  • 4:31pm Apr 26, 2019
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    A Very Real Life Market For Fictional Items

    You'd probably be pretty upset if you get your credit card statement and realize that your child has spent hundreds of dollars on clothing without your knowledge...

    Now, what if I told you that those clothes and accessories aren't even for them but instead they're for fictional characters from video games? Yeah, that's happening. To find out more we went to the source - Radio 101 student Mack Hanna talked with middle schoolers about their in-game spending habits.

  • Samiya Arrington
    1:58pm Mar 15, 2019
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    A Fatherless Void

    According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four children under the age of 18 are being raised by single mothers.

    For younger kids, understanding why their family structure is different than their classmates or friends can be particularly challenging.

    Radio 101 student Samiya Arrington shares her experience growing up without her father.

  • WSFC School Buses
    Keri Brown
    4:30pm Jan 25, 2019
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    Where's My Bus?

    Over 35,800 students in the WInston-Salem / Forsyth County school