Our Student Journalists

The Next Generation Radio project is a full-scale, digital-first multimedia training project with emphasis on “radio storytelling.” We are committed to the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on journalism. The program is a series of week-long student training projects, designed to give students who are interested in radio and journalism the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own radio story. If you are interested in working with the program, inquire through @NextGenRadio. This #nextgenradio project is created in partnership with WMFE Public Radio in Orlando, Fla.

 

Our Reflections

Kym Haines

Kym Haines

With a library card and a vivid imagination, Kym Haines has been cultivating a love for powerful storytelling since she was a child. She is currently a student at Full Sail University majoring in Media Communications. She’s also the founder of Storybook Studios, where she directs, writes and produces impactful stories for small businesses and brands that inspire listeners and viewers to develop a deeper connection with the world around them.
Rhyan Grant

Rhyan Grant

I am a senior at the University of Central Florida, with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Communication and Social Sciences. I want to help reform or change certain things, so I chose Criminal Justice as my minor.  Right now, I am an intern for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Orlando. I want to develop enough experience working in the criminal justice system so I can be a law enforcement analyst. At UCF, I am involved in different organizations like the National Association of Black Journalist, the Society of Professional Journalists, Security and Intelligence club, and Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society.  
Reflection and thoughts about the program

Reflection and thoughts about the program

Looking back at the overall week, I can definitely say that I learned quite a bit. When I originally applied for NPR’s Next Generation Radio, I knew that this program was perfect for me to challenge myself.

Lillian Hernández Caraballo

Lillian Hernández Caraballo

Lillian is native to Puerto Rico, fluently bilingual in English and Spanish. She started her college career at the University of Puerto Rico, in Río Piedras, but finished her associate degree with honors at Eastern Florida State College after relocating to the Space Coast. She is currently a non-traditional journalism student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she holds a 4.0 GPA. Her inspiration to become a voice for the voiceless was heavily influenced primarily by the written works of Rodger Streitmatter.
Monica Sealey

Monica Sealey

Monica was born and raised in south Florida. She got her first taste of broadcast journalism as the morning news anchor at her elementary school. Her family’s tradition of gathering to watch the news every night kept her inspired to become a journalist. She is currently pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Central Florida. She has big dreams of traveling the world as a reporter, sharing stories from different cultures.
I’m a journalist. I can do this.

I’m a journalist. I can do this.

My journey in journalism has been a rollercoaster. As a first generation student, I’m trying my hardest to make my parents proud. This would be easy if I chose to study medicine or law.

Emily Lang

Emily Lang

Emily learned the value of storytelling after her mom pushed her to perform Barbra Streisand and Gloria Estefan songs as a seven-year-old. As an intern and freelancer for WMFE, Orlando’s public radio station, she’s reported on Central Florida’s affordable housing crisis, the mass migration of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria, and how formerly incarcerated people gained the right to vote. Emily’s favorite stories are a patchwork of dueling perspectives that don’t create a quilt, but a scratchy wool sweater — uncomfortable and purposeful. Emily studied English at the University of Central Florida.
Storyboard, storyboard, storyboard

Storyboard, storyboard, storyboard

Heading into my first non-narrative project, I knew that I would have nowhere to hide story gaps with my own words. Blueprinting the project, thinking about who I needed my audience to be.

Nelly Ontiveros

Nelly Ontiveros

I was born and raised in Venezuela and I moved to the United States four years ago. Writing has always been something I am passionate about because it represents an opportunity to express my thoughts, opinions, and analysis on important issues, something I could not do back in Venezuela. I am currently a sophomore student at Valencia College with plans of transferring to the University of Central Florida to continue my studies in journalism. I am a full-time writer for The Voice, Valencia’s student-run newspaper, and the vice president of the Valencia College Model UN team.
Ellis Muñoz

Ellis Muñoz

My name is Ellis Muñoz, a husband, father of two and an Oak Ridge High School graduate (class of 2000). I am an aspiring music producer & audio engineer and a part-time student at Valencia College, where I am also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success honor committee. I will be graduating this May with my AS degree in “Sound & Music Technology” with a specialization as an Audio Engineer and will also be a certified Audio Electronics Specialist.
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