2019 Youth Reporting Institute

2019 Youth Reporting Institute.
Credit William Cumbo / WUNC

Youth Radio reporters at the annual Summer Youth Reporting Institute pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC. These young people tell stories about their community in their own voice.

Youth Reporters: Victor Amaya, Kayla Beckett, Rose DeConto, Jeremiah Henderson, Da'mon James, Emma Pollard, Amanda Tsuetaki
Program Directors: Kamaya Truitt-Martin, Allison Swaim
WUNC Staff Mentors: Elizabeth Baier, Adhiti Bandlamudi, Cole del Charco, Jason deBruyn, Amanda Magnus, Laura Pellicer, Jay Price, Dana Terry
Multimedia Producer: William Cumbo
Digital Editor: Elizabeth Baier
Program Director: David Brower

Ways to Connect

I’ve lived in Chapel Hill my whole life. I live with my mom, dad, older brother Alex, two dogs, Rex and Bear, and my grandmother.

Theseus and The Minotaur (The Black, Queer Version)

Sep 13, 2019
Allison Swaim / WUNC

When I started the summer, I wanted to write about the struggle of black LGBT youth in churches that didn’t approve of their lifestyle and persecuted them for their sexuality. 

You either DIY or You Die

Sep 9, 2019
Rose DeConto / WUNC

Starting a band is hard. I would know because I’ve been in four at this point. It’s hard enough to get people to show up for rehearsal – and it’s even harder when you’re under 18. People sometimes don’t take you seriously. They’ll assume you’re not good at playing, or they’ll take advantage of you.

Allison Swaim / WUNC

I'm in the 11th grade at Riverside High School, and I'll begin attending Durham Tech this year. I intend to graduate, and I've never considered dropping out. That's because I know I have a great opportunity in this country that my parents never had.

Making Any Place Home: Crawford Edition

Aug 23, 2019
Da'Mon Crawford-James / WUNC

My mom, Shekema Crawford, is really good at moving. She knows exactly what to do with everything. She knows what to keep and what to get rid of.

Using Music To Release Your Emotions

Aug 16, 2019
Ismael Luna-Cornejo in the WUNC studios in Durham.
Allison Swaim / WUNC

Every Friday night at 9:19 there’s a cypher on the streets of downtown Durham. You know that big bull right across from the Marriott? That’s us. We meet there to freestyle – to release - to find reprieve from your everyday routine and express your innermost feeling. 

Kim Pollard

My mom was at home when the gunfire started.

"It was so hard," my mom recalls. "It was so hard as a mom to be strong because all I wanted to do was scream."

Image of 2019 WUNC Youth Reporting Institute students and leadership.
William Cumbo / WUNC

WUNC’s Youth Reporting Institute wraps up its summer program this week and the offerings from this year’s cohort reflect many of the complex problems our nation has been grappling with — immigration, LGBTQ rights and mass shootings.

A picture of Sylvan Esso.
Sylvan Esso

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge again. She talks with Da’Mon James, Emma Pollard, Victor Amaya, and Director Allison Swaim of WUNC's 2019 Youth Reporting Institute about songs that inspire them and say something about North Carolina.

About Our 2019 Youth Reporters

Jul 24, 2019
William Cumbo / WUNC

Youth Radio reporters at the annual Summer Youth Reporting Institute pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.