Sixteen students from the Twin Cities and outstate Minnesota produced their first stories for air at ThreeSixty’s Radio Broadcast Camp, held in partnership with MPR News, KRSM, MIGIZI and American Indian Family Center. Two sessions of the highly competitive camp were held virtually, and students’ stories were showcased at an MPR Celebration on Monday, June 28, with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan as the keynote speaker.
Students in the two camps created a radio story in a week, working with mentors from the MPR Newsroom. The stories focused on BIPOC youth leaders in Minnesota.
Even in the virtual setting, students brought their A-game and were ready to learn and create radio stories. It was evident from the first day for both camps that they were eager to dive right in.
When students were asked about their favorite part of Radio Camp, here’s what a few had to say:
- “My favorite part of Radio Camp was mixing because it was cool to see it all come together.” (Dalaney Villebrun, South High School).
- “Everything, but if I had to give an answer. It would be the story assignment. It made me excited to wake up and hop on the meeting. And, it was fun mixing together the story.” (Joaquin Skinaway, Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy).
- “Meeting new people and working on my piece. Also, the staff was very patient” (Kiin Aden, St. Louis Park High School).
As a Radio Camp alum myself, I found the infectious enthusiasm exhibited by each of these students a good reminder of why we do this work. Empowering the next generation of young storytellers is crucial to building a more equitable society, and I cannot wait to see what stories these young journalists report on next.
2021 Radio Camp Students
Students participate in a virtual Radio Camp.