Kidsburgh: Media Center helps teens discover audio storytelling
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Youth Media Center of Pittsburgh not only produces incredible teenage stories, but also prepares young people for the world of work.
The teenagers are busy recording interviews, setting up their audio equipment, editing computers and creating stories for podcasts and radio in the newly renovated center. Students like Morgan McCray, a sophomore at Oakland Catholic High School, are learning the power of storytelling.
“It’s just amazing how these stories can impact someone,” McCray said.
She is one of 20 teenagers from 20 different schools learning to create podcasts through the RADcast program, which stands for the Regional Asset District and uses local tax money for community assets.
Larry Berger, Founder and Executive Director of SLB Radio Productions, which runs the RADcast program, said: “We also hope that, behind the scenes, kids learn about jobs they could do in the arts, and that they become patrons and advocates for the arts organizations they visit.
Kalonga Mwenda, a second year student at Baldwin High School, says, “My parents usually drive me, but it pushed me to use public transport, and it taught me about a lot of parts of the city. .”
Each student will produce several stories for a weekly podcast this fall and for The Saturday Light Brigade’s weekly radio show airing from the Youth Media Center.
Berger said the goal is to teach students not just journalism, but life skills as well.
By the end of the summer, the student will have “learned skills that will matter in any job. How do you make a call? How do you make and keep an appointment? You?”
Deanna Baringer, Director of Programs for SLB Radio Productions, says, “Telling the story is so important. Whatever career you’re heading into, knowing how to shape a narrative is a really, really powerful skill.
Jules Smalis, a rising senior at Alderdice Secondary School, discovered a passion for storytelling through the programs and plans to create her own podcasts and study communications at university.
“I think it’s a big confidence booster because it’s something I can put out into the world and say, ‘I’m proud of this and I’ve worked really hard to create this,'” said Smalis.
If you have a teenager who wants to learn more about podcasting, radio, or just storytelling, here is the link to the SLB Radio production website where you can apply for the Fall RADcast program and any other programs at the Youth Media Center.
Here is also a link in Kidsburgh, where you’ll find many other great programs for children and teens.