Finding, coaching and training public media's next generation.

The Next Generation Radio Project is a 5-day digital journalism and audio training project. Our distance learning program is designed to give competitively selected participants the opportunity to learn how to report, remotely, and produce their own non-narrated audio piece and multimedia story. Those chosen for the project are paired with a professional journalist who serves as their mentor for the week.

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NPR’s Next Generation Radio is now all-remote.  Our selected cohort will report from where they are.

This video was produced and edited by 2017 alumna Katherine Ellis. Illustrations by Yunyi Dai and Ard Su.

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Here is our 2021 schedule.

We are remote until it’s safe to return to in-person projects.


  • March 14-19, NAJA Early Career/Tribal Journalists
  • April 25-30, KOSU, Tulsa, OK (Race Massacre 100th Anniversary)
  • May 16-21, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
  • June 13-18, WHYY, Philadelphia, PA
  • July 11-16, OPB, Portland, OR
  • July 18-23, KUOW, Seattle, WA (Early Career)
  • Aug 1-6, KUER, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Aug 15-20, Colorado Public Radio, Denver, CO
  • Sept 12-17, Texas Newsroom, Austin TX
  • Oct 10-15, Cap Radio, Sacramento, CA

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“I applied to the NextGen project excited for a week of being coached on interviews, sound mixing, and storyline development. A year later, our project editor became my NPR bureau chief and we worked together again. Now, I’m hiring other NextGen alums to fill out new beats in my newsroom.”

Nicky Ouellet, Early Career Fellow MPR 2016