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 hybrid (some people in-person, some WFH) program is designed to give competitively selected participants the opportunity to learn how to report 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 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 video was produced and edited by 2017 alumna Katherine Ellis. Illustrations by Yunyi Dai and Ard Su.

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Here is our 2022 schedule.

We do hybrid projects. Some people are in-person, but most are remote.


  • Sept 4-9: Texas Newsroom, San Antonio, TX.                                    
  • Sept 11-16: Saint Louis Public Radio, St. Louis, MO         (APPLICATION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17, MIDNIGHT CT)
  • Oct 9-14: Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, CA
  • Nov 13-18: Next Gen Radio: Indigenous, Oklahoma City, OK

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“Participar en el programa de Next Generation Radio fue uno de los honores más altos para mi. Entré llena de nervios y desconocimiento, pero salí hecha una reportera nueva y audaz. No esperaba aprender tanto y enamorarme del mundo de multimedia en tan poco tiempo.”

Lillian Hernandez Caraballo, WMFE Orlando 2019