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The 2021 cohort of the Youth Reporting Institute turned on their mics for our summer of storytelling! Listen to the authentic voices and diverse stories they captured over the summer.

2021 Youth Reporting Institute Listening Party

It's been a summer unlike any other for students in North Carolina.

And as students adapted to the continued obstacles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, so has the WUNC Youth Reporting Institute. Last year, we had our first virtual institute, but we love taking it to the next level! So for 2021, WUNC’s Youth Reporting Institute went hybrid!

WUNC's 2021 Youth Reporting Institute interns
WUNC's 2021 Youth Reporting Institute interns

Youth reporters had access to recording equipment, audio editing software, virtual trainings and learned about radio journalism with the help of Zoom and on the ground reporting. The result was a summer of skill-building and new ways of making connections with their communities.

To celebrate, the 2021 Youth Reporting Institute hosted WUNC’s first OUTDOOR listening party. Hosted at Southeast Raleigh YMCA, this event will featured their audio work and conversations about the stories that are important to their development as the next generation of journalists. If you weren't able to make it, watch the recap below!

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Truitt moved to Durham, North Carolina, and made it her home. She quickly matriculated from student reporter to Youth mentor and was later named Director of WUNC’s Youth Reporting institute. Truitt has produced radio reports for national broadcast on NPR’s Here & Now, and Oakland Youth Radio. She also currently serves on WUNC Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability Committee.
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