Youth Media Project
Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:00

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 --

Today's workshop was optional, as so many of our students were traveling or still in the midst of holiday celebrations. Karina, K and I got to together in Studio B of the KRTS Studios and mixed Karina's advertisement for Text-Away, the fake product we wrote scripts for during the last workshop.


Thursday, 03 January 2013 17:20

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 –

Today’s workshop was all about writing. A big part of our work with our stories will be writing scripts to go along with our interviews. We will have to introduce the story to the audience, help them follow the plot and introduce characters. To get comfortable with writing for radio, we played a game called “Let’s Sell Something”.


Thursday, 03 January 2013 16:14

Thursday, December 13, 2012 –

The focus of our second workshop was the interview process. In crafting our stories, perhaps our most powerful tool is the interview. We thought about questions of technique, ethics and efficacy. What if our interview subject won’t open up? What questions are the “right” questions? What does is mean to “listen” in the context of an interview?



Helping us answer these questions was Rachel Osier Lindley, News Director at KRTS: Marfa Public Radio. Rachel has much experience as an interview – they are a part of her daily life as the host of KRTS’ Talk at Ten program.

To get comfortable with the interview process, we partnered up and interviewed each other about our lives. The students learned a lot from this:

“I held the microphone too far away. When I listened to what we recorded, I couldn’t understand anything!”

“I’m going to have a lot more questions prepared – I ran out of things to ask!”

“I think it’s important to listen to what the person is saying – not to jump right to the next question – maybe ask a another question about what they were saying.”

All good takeaways, which will help us conduct successful interviews for our stories.

At the end of class, we listened to story by Radio Rookie reporter Bree Person called Sickle and Me. Find the story online here.

Saturday, 01 December 2012 17:59

Gearing up!

On Thursday, December 6th, the KRTS Youth Media Project participants convened in the back of the Marfa Public Radio Studios for their first workshop. Over the course of 8 weeks, ten Marfa High School 9th and 10th graders will pitch, record and produce their own radio stories, culminating in a community listening event and a special program to be aired on 93.5FM in February.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:02

Project Manager Alice Quinlan and Volunteer MentorsTuesday, October 6 – Marfa Public Radio’s volunteer mentors met with Project Manager Alice Quinlan in the back of the KRTS Studios to learn more about the KRTS Media Project – and their role of Production Assistant on the student’s radio stories.

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