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Youth Reporting Institute Application Information

WUNC Youth Reporting is opening up our highly competitive and award-winning youth radio journalism training program to young people ages 16-25. Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and all students of color (BI-POC) are encouraged to apply (no prior journalism background is required). Participants will learn and sharpen skills in radio journalism, interact with a diverse group of reporters in various stages of their career, and connect to a platform that will amplify their work and voice. 8 selected participants will have the chance to be featured on the WUNC youth podcast and/or produce a radio story for broadcast.

As a participant, you will access daily training sessions along with tutorial videos that will take you through the steps of the reporting process, from pitching to interviewing to script-writing and editing. Along with receiving one-on-one training from WUNC’s Director of New Talent and Community partnerships, you will also have the chance to interact with YRI program alums, journalism instructors, and professional reporters.

The program will begin Monday, June 6th and run until Friday, August 5th. Participants will be paid $16/hour. Students will work in a hybrid online and in-person format, with daily meetings occurring Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm. Students are expected to join every training session. Some work outside the 1pm-5pm time frame will be required for field work and production. There will be multiple opportunities for in-person training at our Durham, NC studio location; this is where we will skill-build and get hands-on with our stories.

WUNC is dedicated to creating and maintaining opportunities for emerging radio professionals from diverse backgrounds to develop the skills needed to succeed in Public Radio. If you share our values and if our vision speaks to you, we invite you to join the WUNC team. Spend your summer in the world of public radio.

Details And Applications

Job postings:
For the direct link to the job posting for Youth Reporters, see these links:

Ages 16-25, currently enrolled as students:

Ages 16-25, not currently enrolled as students:

About the job: This is a temporary part-time position for 15-20 hours/week, $16/hour.

For the application: Candidates should submit a current resume, cover letter, 2-3 story pitches, a written statement about equity and diversity in their personal lives, and links to any relevant work and/or social media presence.

Application deadline: Monday, April 18

We are here to AMPLIFY Youth Voices, so What's Your Story?