2020 Youth Reporting Institute

Jenny Blass

For people of the Jewish faith, fall is a time of celebration and self-reflection. The High Holidays began with Rosh Hashanah and wrapped up this past weekend with Simchat Torah. Jenny Blass is an 11th grade student at East Chapel Hill High School. She produced this story as part of WUNC’s Youth Reporting Institute:

Paint And Poems: Combating Racial Injustice Through Art

Oct 12, 2020
Courtesy Assata Goff

WUNC Youth Reporter Manzili Kokayi highlights how local artists and activists are producing art during lockdown to cope with and amplify the lives taken by police brutality. The following is a transcript of her report:

WUNC  Youth Reporter Caitlin Leggett spoke with Durham-based poet Nelson White about both of their motivations to get involved with the Black Lives Matter movement this summer.
Kate Medley / For WUNC

This summer, WUNC is meeting some of the North Carolinians who are "Calling for Change" in the wake of recent high-profile killings of Black Americans.

UNC Students Reflect On Start Of Chaotic Fall Semester

Aug 24, 2020
COVID safety signs on the quad at UNC - Chapel Hill.
Erin Batten-Hicks / For WUNC

Many students at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill are trying to focus through feelings of frustration over being asked to leave a week into the fall semester. Campus orders for students to evacuate came after a series of COVID-19 clusters were reported at the school.

Allison Swaim

Each summer, WUNC reporters share the coffee station with high school students. The dozen or so youth mingle with our staff and dip their toes into audio storytelling and the weird world of public radio. This year, with our offices closed and the coffee only flowing at home, the Youth Reporting Institute had to shake things up, so they hopped on social media.

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

And just as students have had to adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, so has the WUNC Youth Reporting Institute. This year, the program was hosted for the first time online.