'First Days in America'
We are finding, coaching and training public media’s next generation. This #nextgenradio project is created in Reno, Nevada, where six talented student journalists are participating in a week-long state-of-the-art training program.
In this project, six immigrants talk about how their first days in America shaped their lives today.
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Starting the Next Generation Radio bootcamp, I was nervous to say the least. I had extremely minimal audio experience and not-so-great multimedia skills. I was nervous to even apply, let alone accept the spot and start the program.
Knowing that Next Generation was not only a great place to learn and later hone in on technical skills, I knew from the constant Slack feed that this program really does have the connections an aspiring journalist needs to get her first step into the field.
When I received the invitation to Next Generation Radio, I could not believe my eyes. I remember that I checked the email many times. But, at the same time, I was so worried about being selected because I was under a lot of pressure.
During this project, I struggled crafting a sense of place through sound. I was used to guiding the story with my own voice or images, not through audio editing decisions and ambient sound.
Before this, I was not confident in my audio skills since I work more with video, but I knew this would help me gain those skills I was searching for. I wanted to explore other platforms to see how I would like it.
When I was looking for a person to interview about their first days in the United States for the #nextgenradio bootcamp this week in Reno, I thought when people told me they were interested, it meant they were. But I found out yes does not always mean yes.