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CapRadio's Next Generation Radio training week is October 16-20, 2017.

NPR's acclaimed Next Generation Radio training is coming back to Capital Public Radio this October. We'll train six talented student journalists enrolled at northern California colleges and universities to participate in this state-of-the-art training week in California's Capitol.

Students will work one-on-one with professional mentors producing first-person, multimedia stories.

2017 student/mentor teams are:

  • Elizabeth Castillo, Chico State will work with LaToya Dennis, Reporter, Milwaukee Public Radio.
  • Nour Coudsi, UC Berkeley will work with Erika Beras, Reporter, “Marketplace” Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Hilda Flores, Cal State Stanislaus will work with Michelle Faust, Heath Reporter for KPCC.
  • Isabella Lord, UC Davis will work with Brian Bull, Reporter KLCC.
  • Laura Tsutsui of Fresno State will work with Maria Murriel, Freelance Reporter based in Boston, MA.
  • David Rodriguez of San Francisco State will work with Traci Tong, Freelance Producer, “The World”. 

Professional staff for this project:

  • Doug Mitchell, Founder/Director, NPR Next Generation Radio, Washington, DC.
  • Catherine Stifter, Managing Editor, Senior Producer of The View From Here, CapRadio
  • Drew Jostad, Audio Engineer, Marketplace, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Patrice Mondragon, Freelance Engineer, Denver, CO.
  • Carolina Hildalgo, Visual Journalist, Saint Louis Public Radio, Saint Louis, MO
  • Robert Boos, Communications Manager, Online Editor, Metropolitan State University,  Minneapolis, MN.
Follow the project with hashtag #nextgenradio

Stories from the 2016 project are online here: http://nextgencapradio.org/

Explore the 2015 project here: http://nextgensacstate.org/

"My experience with Next Gen Radio served as a rites of passage into the world of journalism. It takes skill and self esteem to become a true journalist. From pitching my leading ideas, to my first feature production, I earned my media and broadcast confidence."
- Marianna Sousa, Class of 2016 
"The NextGen program is a great opportunity for students to gain experience in broadcast journalism. The skills acquired during the weeklong training will benefit any journalist in their future endeavors, whether it be recording interviews, learning to write concisely, shooting video, audio editing, or taking constructive criticism from professionals working in the field."
- Jacob Abbott, Class of 2015
"NextGen was the week where everything changed for me. Before this, I felt complacent with my journalism skills and was on the fence between public radio or exploring television as a career opportunity. I can now say without a shadow of doubt that public radio is my calling. It was the hardest week of my life, but it was also the week where I felt most alive. My mentor took my current abilities and pushed them more than I thought I could handle.
- Jonathan Ayestas, Class of 2015
"My time doing the Next Generation Radio training taught me so much more than I could have asked for from a very talented group of professional journalists. It also reminded me of why I love journalism and gave me a newfound love of public radio reporting. Since then, I successfully completed an internship at Capital Public Radio."
- Cintia Lopez, Class of 2015


Contact CapRadio's Chief Content Officer, Joe Barr.