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00000177-6edd-df44-a377-6fff43070000WUNC's American Graduate Project is part of a nationwide public media conversation about the dropout crisis. We'll explore the issue through news reports, call-in programs and a forum produced with UNC-TV. Also as a part of this project we've partnered with the Durham Nativity School and YO: Durham to found the WUNC Youth Radio Club. These reports are part of American Graduate-Let’s Make it Happen!- a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and these generous funders: Project Funders:GlaxoSmithKlineThe Goodnight Educational FoundationJoseph M. Bryan Foundation State FarmThe Grable FoundationFarrington FoundationMore education stories from WUNC

WUNC Welcomes Six Teen Reporters

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Where do you find those stories? That is one of the most-asked question of a radio reporter. Six young people will find out the answer this summer in WUNC's 3rd annual Summer Youth Radio Institute. The Institute kicked off Monday June 23 with an ambitious goal: teach the teens to find stories in their communities and give them the tools to tell those stories on the radio.

More than 50 young people applied to be a part of the experience. The rookie reporters hired for the six positions come from Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.

The teens will pitch stories, record interviews in the field, edit tape, write copy, voice copy and mix stories. They will learn the journalism basics from a former producer/editor for The Story with Dick Gordon, Lauren Spohrer, and from UNC journalism professor (and former NPR reporter) Adam Hochberg.

Kamaya Truitt-Martin was a reporter with WUNC's Youth Radio Institute this summer.
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Kamaya Truitt-Martin was a reporter with WUNC's Youth Radio Institute in 2013.

Kamaya Truitt-Martin is also one of the leaders. Kamaya participated in the program last year. Here is the story she produced.

Kamaya is now mentoring the next crop of young journalists.

>> Browse more stories that were reported and produced by 2013 youth reporters.

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