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NextGenRadio Multimedia Project Documenting Orlando Immigrants Airs This Week

90.7 WMFE AIRS NEXT GENERATION RADIO CAMP PROJECT

‘FIRST DAYS IN AMERICA’ CAN BE HEARD MAY 13-17 DURING MORNING EDITION

ORLANDO — Seven Central Florida college students and recent graduates recently attended the NPR Next Generation Radio Project at WMFE, producing a digital first, multimedia training project in partnership with the University of Central Florida.

The project, “First Days in America,” features six immigrants talking about how their first days in America shaped their lives today. Tune in to 90.7-FM this week, May 13-17, at 6:44 a.m. and 8:44 a.m. to hear the stories on the air.

View the full multimedia projects here.

NextGenRadio is a week-long “pop-up” digital journalism training designed to give competitively selected participants interested in podcasting, audio storytelling, radio reporting and visual journalism the skills and opportunity to find and produce their own multimedia story. Each selected participant is paired with a professional journalist and together they find, report and produce a non-narrated story as well as use stills and video to fill out their story.

Thanks to Doug Mitchell of NextGenRadio, our partner UCF and all of the mentees, mentors and staff!

Here’s who was involved:

Mentees:

  • Rhyan Grant of University of Central Florida
  • Kym Haines of Full Sail University
  • Lillian Hernandez-Caraballo of UCF
  • Emily Lang, a recent graduate of UCF
  • Ellis Munoz of Valencia College — audio engineering apprentice
  • Nelly Ontiveros of Valencia College
  • Monica Sealey of UCF

Mentors

  • Abe Aboraya, Health Reporter, 90.7 WMFE, Orlando
  • Rick Brunson, Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • Jessica Meszaros, Reporter, WUSF, Tampa
  • Rachel Iacovone, Reporter, WGCU, Ft. Myers
  • Gabriela Saldivia, Producer, NPR One, NPR, Washington, D.C.
  • Carrie Jung, Education Reporter, WBUR, Boston

Staff

Former 90.7 WMFE host/reporter Crystal Chavez served as a NextGenRadio mentor in Houston. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:

“The program is such an intense, rewarding experience where lifelong friendships are made. The students, always a diverse group, impress with narrative radio stories, web build outs and more, produced in one week. Students get one-on-one mentorship, learn from their peers and experiment with new storytelling techniques. I can’t express how incredibly significant NextGen is to building up tomorrow’s public media talent. And truth be told, the mentors always learn, grow and get inspired from these driven, young students as well.” 

 



 

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