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.

Want to learn more?

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 beginning hybrid projects. Some people are in-person, most remote.


  • 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
  • Nov 1-5, NAJA (Early Career II) KOSU, Oklahoma City, OK

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See our work!

Take a look at our most recent and past projects and all the work our students and fellows have produced.

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“The best thing about the Next Generation Radio project is that even though it’s only one week, packed with real-world reporting and audio production experiences, the skills you gain and the connections you make are designed to last a lifetime. Once you’ve proven yourself, you become a part of the NextGen family, having that support and mentorship throughout your journalism career.”

Michelle Baker, University of Nevada, Reno 2019