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5 Sac State Students Chosen for NPR Partnership

Constance Crawford | 916.278.8955

Capital Public Radio and NPR’s Next Generation Radio Training and Mentorship Week Oct 5-9

Sacramento, Calif. – September 23, 2015; Five Sacramento State students have been chosen to participate in the inaugural “Next Generation Radio” Training and Mentorship Week October 5-9, 2015. This hands-on program offers one-to-one mentorship as students train in multimedia journalism and production skills.

Next Generation Radio is a series of one-week, student radio and multimedia training projects co-sponsored by NPR and NPR member stations and other public media industry leaders. The projects are designed to give students, who are interested in radio and multimedia journalism, an opportunity to report and produce their own story. Trainers and mentors teach recording and production, visuals, writing and voice as well as on-air presentation.

“Next Generation Radio at Sac State is a unique, collaborative effort,” says Doug Mitchell, who founded and still leads the project.  “We’re pleased to launch the program in Sacramento now and know it is funded for two additional years. It’s one of just four training projects to be held this year in Sacramento, Reno, Minneapolis and Austin.”

“We’re excited to be hosting this collaborative effort between Capital Public Radio, Sacramento State and NPR,” says CapRadio’s Chief Content Officer Joe Barr. It’s a great opportunity to work with some very talented students who may help shape the future of journalism.”

 Student/mentor pairs for the Sac State project:

Jacob Abbott majors in journalism and military studies and is the Content Managing Editor at The State Hornet student newspaper. Charla Bear is a Knight Journalism Fellow and freelance journalist in San Jose.

Jonathan Ayestas is a journalism major and the Digital Managing Editor and Social Media Manager at The State Hornet student newspaper. Sonia Narang is Contributing Multimedia Journalist for Public Radio International’s (PRI) “The World” in Los Angeles.

Cintia Lopez majors in journalism and minors in geology. She created a JACC Award-winning magazine while attending American River College. Traci Tong is a Founding Producer of PRI’s "The World" in Boston.

Virginia McCormick majors in journalism and is Assistant Director of Millennials in Media. Elaine Heinzman is Senior Producer of The Seams podcast.

Emiliano Martin majors in journalism and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Devin Katayama is KQED’s Equity Reporter in Oakland.

Follow the project day by day on Twitter with #nextgenradio

Sac State project work will be showcased along with all Next Generation Radio projects at nextgenerationradio.org.



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