Unflinching self-portraits that examine the lives and realities of young people

WNYC’s youth media project, Radio Rookies, brought together a group of young people from Staten Island in New York facing varying degrees of personal challenges to bravely and unsparingly tell their own stories. Bright and committed, the reporters went to the heart of what it is like to be a teenager today. Interviews were successfully interwoven into the storytelling, and production quality and writing were strong. The reporters offered great insight into how difficult it can be to grow up including stories about sexuality, mental health and foster care. The illuminating stories offered listeners a unique opportunity to understand how cultural shifts are affecting the generation coming of age right now.

Staten Island Radio Rookies, reporters; Sanda Htyte, Courtney Stein, Veralyn Williams, producers; Marianne McCune, editor; Kaari Pitkin, senior producer

Original Stories: "Radio Rookies: Coming Up In 2011"
wnyc.org/shows/rookies/2011/jun/

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2012 duPont Winners

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The 2012 duPont-Columbia award winners

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Seven recipients featured international reporting including stories from Al Jazeera English, CBS News, and NBC News. Four local television stations and one local radio station were be honored:…


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The 2012 duPont-Columbia award winners

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Seven recipients featured international reporting including stories from Al Jazeera English, CBS News, and NBC News. Four local television stations and one local radio station were be honored: Detroit Public TV, WFAA-Dallas, WSB-Atlanta, WTVF-Nashville and WNYC. HBO will be honored with two awards.

For the first time, two awards were given for digital reporting: one to The New York Times and one to MediaStorm. In another first, a theatrically released documentary that was not broadcast was selected for a duPont Award, “Hell and Back Again.” A finalist award was given to WNYC’s Radio Rookies.

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