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“In the Time of COVID-19”

is a set of audio and digital stories highlighting the experiences of people whose lives have changed dramatically during the pandemic.

This project was produced in November 2021 in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association and conducted in a hybrid newsroom. Our reporters are early-career journalists.

Special thanks to:

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The Next Generation Radio Project is a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia story. Those chosen for the project are paired with a professional journalist who serves as their mentor.

This edition of the #NPRNextGenRadio project was produced in collaboration with:

  • Managing Editors – Jourdan Bennett-Begaye (Diné) - Managing Editor, Indian Country Today; Traci Tong - Freelance Editor, Public Media Journalists Association;  Adreanna Rodriguez - (Standing Rock Sioux) Producer/Editor, VICE News. 
  • Digital Editors – Lita Beck - (Navajo) Equity Issues Editor, The Arizona Republic/Gannett; Joanne Griffith - Chief Content Officer, APM Studios
  • Audio Tech – Selena Seay-Reynolds - Freelance Audio Engineer; Patrice Mondragon - Audio Engineer, Colorado Public Radio; Eric Abercrombie - Freelance Sound Designer
  • Editorial Illustrators – Emily Whang - Freelance Illustrator; Ard Su - Freelance Illustrator; Eejoon Choi - Freelance Illustrator 
  • Visuals – Erica Lee - Freelance Visual Journalist; Kevin Beaty - Visual Journalist, The Denverite & Colorado Public Radio
  • Web Developer – Robert Boos, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis

Our journalist/mentors for this project were:

  • Christine Trudeau (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) - Contributing Editor, High Country News Indigenous Affairs Desk

  • Cristela Guerra - Arts and Culture Reporter, WBUR

  • Sam Yellowhorse Kesler (Navajo) - Codeswitch Fellow, NPR

  • Taylar Stagner (Shoshone and Arapaho) - Tribal Affairs Reporter, Yellowstone Public Radio

  • Seth Bodine - Agriculture and Rural Issues Reporter, KOSU

NPR’s Next Generation Radio program is directed by its founder, Doug Mitchell.