NPR’s Intern Edition is Here

April 19, 2010 · Filed Under culture, future of journalism, journalism · Comments Off on NPR’s Intern Edition is Here 

The NPR Spring 2010 interns have released their issue of Intern Edition, the news magazine produced entirely by those most unsung of heroes — interns. Intern Edition (IE) empowers interns to cover news they deem important in their own voices and styles, all the while pairing each intern with a mentor who offers advice, support, and an occasional treat from Starbucks (did I mention that most NPR internships are unpaid?).

Click here to listen to and watch the Spring 2010 episode of Intern Edition at

In full disclosure — I participated in IE when I was an intern at Talk of the Nation. Putting together my piece was one of the most powerful parts of my internship and I think that every decent-size news organization should replicate the project. Not only does it build camaraderie between interns, it also fosters one-on-one interaction between veterans and up-and-comers, and most importantly, the program gives young people complete control of a news property, offering a partial solution to the young voices vs. young journalist dilemma I’ve discussed in earlier posts.

Imagine, if every four months, newsrooms all over the country sat and listened to their  interns’ ideas. I have a feeling the news business would be better off and could make some progress on that whole “Why don’t young people read/watch/listen to the news anymore?” problem.

Again, here’s the link to the Spring 2010 Intern Edition. Use it.

Youth Radio: Testing Out of High School

April 5, 2010 · Filed Under commentary, culture, education · Comments Off on Youth Radio: Testing Out of High School 

Youth Radio‘s Austin de Rubira is ready for college. Well, at least he says he is. Citing unchallenging, repetitive curriculum, de Rubira praised the implementation of an exam that would allow students to test out of high school as “college ready,” and start taking classes at community colleges.

You can read and listen to de Rubira’s full commentary at

And if you’d like to get a sense of who exactly would want to skip high school and go straight to college, take a look at de Rubira’s video on Coming Out of Conformity:

Youth Radio produced the video as part of the Youth Perspectives contest. We’re a bit biased, but we think de Rubira could handle just about anything.

From Youth Radio: Couple Offers Marriage Advice via Twitter

February 12, 2010 · Filed Under culture, family · Comments Off on From Youth Radio: Couple Offers Marriage Advice via Twitter 

87753850There are lots of Valentine’s Day related stories out there. There’s Salon’s What to Click, an exhaustive list of all things Valentine’s on the web, Leah Garchick’s annual column featuring overhead comments about love and a piece by the New York Times on the dangerous health problems caused by the Ecuadorean rose industry.

But it was a Youth Radio piece that alerted me to news that a couple that has been married for 85 years will be offering relationship advice via Twitter on Valentine’s Day. Read the full piece at Youth and submit your questions to @longestmarried.

Teens and the Internet

February 3, 2010 · Filed Under culture, future of journalism, news, technology · Comments Off on Teens and the Internet 

1001816265The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released their latest findings today. The report compares internet, social media and mobile phone use for three groups: teens ages 12-17, young adults ages 18-29, and adults 30 and over.

Here are the highlights:

Teens seem to be replacing blogging (only 14 percent of online teens maintain a blog) with updating their status on social networking sites. 73 percent of teens use social networking sites, an increase from 55 percent in 2004.  And what about MySpace— does anyone still use it? Well, sort of. 66 percent of young adults surveyed had a MySpace profile, while only 36 percent of adults over 30 did. Unfortunately, the survey didn’t specify how many online teens have MySpace profiles. One thing is clear though–teens don’t tweet. Only 8% of online teens had a Twitter account.

Click here to read the full report online at Pew

Do you sext?

December 15, 2009 · Filed Under culture, news · Comments Off on Do you sext? 

According to a study released today by The Pew Internet and American Life Project 4% of teens ages 12-17 who own cell phones say they have “sexted” or sent sexually suggestive photos or videos of themselves to someone else. 15% say they have received such images of someone they know. Tell us, is sexting cause for concern or does the older generation just not get it? Are you suprised by the study’s findings? Leave your opinion in the comments section.

Please note: At the beginning of the show, host Michael Krasny checks in briefly with Rob Schmitz, KQED’s Los Angeles bureau chief currently covering the climate summit in Copenhagen.

Another Look at San Francisco Panorama

December 15, 2009 · Filed Under arts, Bay Area, commentary, culture, future of journalism, journalism · Comments Off on Another Look at San Francisco Panorama 

panorama-248x140By Linnaea Weld

When I think of preservation of the news media in written form, 300 plus gigantic pages of stories which seem (from what I have read so far) to be mainly in first person, is not the first thing that comes to mind. But never the less, San Francisco Panorama still appeals to this teenager who wakes up every morning and reads the paper.

The overall artsy style of San Francisco Panorama appealed to me. Articles about independent radio stations, two art sections, and handwritten reviews with foreign guitarists are all things that swayed me to pay sixteen dollars for a pound of paper. Other than the prominence of first person writing, the few problems I found were that some articles were simply too long, and after a week, I am still having trouble navigating my way through the paper. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there is an article about how to make the perfect bowl of ramen, but so far the most interesting thing I’ve found is a story about someone’s personal witch, Dori Midnight.
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A Youth Take on San Francisco Panorama

December 9, 2009 · Filed Under arts, Bay Area, commentary, culture, journalism, news, Uncategorized · Comments Off on A Youth Take on San Francisco Panorama 

panorama-248x140By Eric Gneckow

If you have ever tried to fit your Volkswagen into the refrigerator, then you know what it is like to carry home a copy of San Francisco Panorama. Many newborns weigh less than this newspaper, and finding a space for it in my backpack made me want to trade my journalism degree for an engineering one.

In fact, the act of portaging a newspaper has become decreasingly common for me since graduating this May. Amid the disordered and time-consuming lifestyle change from scholastic newsman to 23-year-old retail stooge, I visit my bank’s website more frequently than I peruse SF Gate.

Yet here was this nuclear bomb of a thing, San Francisco Panorama, the latest edition of Dave Eggers’ quarterly journal McSweeney’s. . . with two magazines spilling out of it and a wingspan to match its epic heaviness. But my awe quickly resolved into an urge to protect it. I would soon learn about its massive mix of graphics, investigative features and subtle humor, but right now I only knew that it was something very special. Only on the safe real estate of my living room floor would it again see the light of day.

What I uncovered after peeling back the first enormous page was a love story for knowledge and a call to arms for those who want to know. San Francisco Panorama is a celebration of news that plays out like a choose-your-own adventure, each path rich with the merits of print. It is the punch line to a long joke that reveals the reality of our modern media landscape: that podcasts, Twitter and YouTube are, as far as most news is concerned, profoundly annoying. Long live print.

“This,” I thought before pausing at a two-page color spread depicting the electromagnetic interactions of the Earth and Sun, “is the dangerous, heroic thing that can move a nation. This. . . is news!”
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KQED Arts: 5 Reasons to Love Lady GaGa

December 9, 2009 · Filed Under arts, culture, music · Comments Off on KQED Arts: 5 Reasons to Love Lady GaGa 

fame-monster-200x200 By Emmanuel Hapsis

Now, I know that you’re skeptical, but trust me on this one: Lady Gaga is not just another vacuous fembot on her way to a life of sex tapes and publicity stunts; she’s of a different breed. Here are five reasons why Lady Gaga is cooler than you think she is:

1. For starters, she actually sings, plays the piano, and writes her own music. And she ain’t no dummy either. She was admitted to Juilliard at 11 and gained early admission at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied art, music, and religion. And she’s smart enough to take control of her image: “My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months. They didn’t think the photos were commercial enough. The last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.”

2. While most pop starlets wouldn’t know how to spell avant-garde, let alone its meaning, Lady Gaga has her way with the concept, especially with her cutting-edge Grace Jones-esque fashion statements. Not to mention her unorthodox performances. During a recent awards show, the audience watched a blood-soaked Gaga die on stage:

Read more reasons to like Lady GaGa and The Fame Monster review at KQED Arts.

Iran Goes After Dissidents Abroad

December 3, 2009 · Filed Under culture, international news, politics, social networking · Comments Off on Iran Goes After Dissidents Abroad 

1001753050An article in today’s Wall Street Journal reports that the Iranian government is going after people who speak out against it–even those who live outside the country’s borders. The opposition movement recently gained momentum and international attention by utilizing social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Now it seems some people are paying the price for their online activism. According to the article: “Dozens of individuals in the U.S. and Europe who criticized Iran on Facebook or Twitter said their relatives back in Iran were questioned or temporarily detained because of their postings. . . Five interviewees who traveled to Iran in recent months said they were forced by police at Tehran’s airport to log in to their Facebook accounts.”

Justin Timberlake Listens to NPR?

December 3, 2009 · Filed Under arts, culture, music, social networking · Comments Off on Justin Timberlake Listens to NPR? 

justin_customJustin Timberlake listens to NPR, or at least a character he’s playing does. The king of all things sexy was recently photographed wearing an NPR t-shirt. Who knew, the master of the dance off, the former Mousekateer, the SNL Digital Short darling, gets his inspiration from public radio. Well, we guessed it. I mean, can’t you just hear him doing an acapella version of the All Thing’s Considered theme song?

NPR’s Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes came up with ten reasons the star might be donning the NPR logo. My favorite? Number seven: “Just borrowing it from Lady Gaga.”

Check out to read Holmes’ take, then in the comments below, tell us your own thoughts about why Timberlake has an affection for the network.  Personally, I think Mr. JT listens to NPR cause he knows there’s nothing sexier than knowledge. What did you say? Watching Justin take off the NPR t-shirt is sexier. . . hmm. We’ll have to think that one over. . . over and over again.

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