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

Next Gen Radio is a 5-day, audio-focused, digital journalism project. Our hybrid (some people in-person, some not) program is designed to give competitively selected participants the opportunity to learn how to report and produce a non-narrated audio piece and a companion multimedia story. Those chosen for the program are paired with a professional journalist, who serves as their mentor for the week, and the chosen participant is paid a stipend for their work.

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NPR’s Next Gen Radio projects are hybrid (remote and in-person). Our selected cohort will report from where they are. Staffing varies with each project, but mentors fit into these general categories.

This Next Gen behind-the-scenes explainer video uses as a backdrop, our March 2023 project at the Wallis Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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IMPORTANT: You must live within the sponsors’ city/state/region. Generally, that means within a one-hour drive.

Here is our 2024 schedule:    

  • Next Gen Radio: Iowa (July 14-19)                                               
  • Next Gen Radio: Texas Newsroom (KERA-Dallas) (Sept 1-6)
  • Next Gen Radio: St Louis Public Radio (Sept 22-27)

PROGRAMMING NOTE:  Next Generation Radio is considering the meaning of “home.” We are looking beyond physical space. Home is more of a feeling that changes as we move, work from home, and make other significant life changes. What is home to you?

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“Como una estudiante, NextGenRadio fue mi primera mirada al mundo del periodismo multimedia. Me dio las herramientas necesarias para mejor contar nuestras historias y me ayudó cultivar conexiones que estoy agradecía de tener.”

Luisa M. Suarez, WHYY Philadelphia 2019