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Second-Annual NPR Next Generation Radio Boot Camp Happening Now at Reynolds School of Journalism


block_n-8707787-1699869The Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies is partnering with NPR to host the second-annual Next Generation Radio Boot Camp. The Reynolds School is the only journalism school in the nation to host an NPR boot camp. The camp runs through Friday, May 23Dean Al Stavitsky worked with Doug Mitchell, who directs the Next Generation training program for NPR, to bring the program to the University of Nevada, Reno.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for Reynolds School students to work one-on-one with public media professionals, and to get paid doing it,” Reynolds School Dean Al Stavitsky said. 

Six students with diverse backgrounds were chosen to participate. Each earn a $500 stipend for the week. Participants work one-on-one with professionals from NPR and public radio stations around the country to develop multimedia content.  Teams will conceive, develop, report, write, edit and produce multimedia segments for broadcast and online distribution. Last year’s content may be viewed here.

Regina Revazova, a former Reynolds School graduate student who graduated from the program in Winter 2013, participated in the 2013 NPR boot camp. She called the experience, “the most valuable experience in terms of storytelling” she had during her time studying at the Reynolds School. Revazova has since graduated and is now working in Washington, D.C. producing segments and booking guests for the NPR program Tell Me More—an opportunity that came as a direct result of her participation in the boot camp last year.

“NPR likes supporting this program because it allows us to discover young talent,” Mitchell said. “The project gives NPR professionals a chance to see if students have what it takes to do the work and allows NPR to build a pipeline of new professionals who understand the NPR way of storytelling.”
2014 Student Participants include:

Graduate student Patty Bobek

Class of 2014 Reynolds School graduate Topher Cuellar

Undergraduate student Leo Beas

Undergraduate student Rocio Hernandez

Undergraduate student Walanya Vongsvrates

Undergraduate student Diego Zarazua

2014 Professional Mentors include:

Traci Tong, Public Radio International: http://www.pri.org/people/traci-tong

Jessica Navdziunas KBIA, Mid-Missouri Public Radio: http://kbia.org/people/jessica-naudziunas

Erica Aguilar,Southern California Public Radio: http://www.scpr.org/about/people/staff/erika-aguilar

Charla Bear, KPLU Seattle: http://www.kplu.org/people/charla-bear

Jenny Asarnow, KUOW Seattle News and Information: http://kuow.org/people/jenny-asarnow 

Tom Krymkowski, technical advisor, NPR

Vanessa Vancour, Reynolds School of Journalism

Nico Colombant, Reynolds School of Journalism

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