When the program began I did not know what to expect. Looking over previous projects from different universities, it seemed like an ambitious amount of work to complete in just one week. But we made it! I am so impressed with the Next Gen Radio project. Everyone has been very supportive and willing to share their knowledge and experience. My mentor, Paolo, was so kind and professional. I am lucky to have been able to work alongside him. 

As I continue reporting for KUNR this summer, I am looking forward to applying the skills I learned this week to my work there. The structure of the program made a big goal seem far more achievable. Thanks to this, I am already planning how to approach a feature I am working on.

The use of a “barf draft” was something I have never done. I am happy with how my written piece turned out, and it took me far less time than my writing normally does. The last major takeaway for me was in audio recording and editing. This was the first time I had ever used a shotgun mic for field reporting, this certainly won’t be the last time. Selena is an incredible audio engineer and teacher I cannot wait to use the skills I learned from her.

This is by far the best experience I have had in my college career and I am beyond grateful to have been a part of it. Seeing all of the moving parts that go into making news stories in action is great, being a major role in the process is an experience I won’t forget.