University of Nevada, Reno
Finding, coaching and training public media's next generation.
The best experience of my college career
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.
From doubting my skills to realizing I belong in these spaces
I was nervous to even apply for Next Generation Radio because I wasn’t sure if I’d make the cut. It took a lot of people to encourage me to apply, and I am so glad I did. It was honestly a life changing experience. At the end of a hard week people usually feel tired...
In just five days, I learned so much
When I applied for NPRs Next Generation Radio, the first thing I heard was that it would be an intense week but it would be very short. And it's true. The teamwork and the quality of professionals that the program has makes me think: "I wish it lasted longer," because...
Feeling enriched by the support of an entire team
I went into NPR’S Next Generation 2021 bootcamp in Reno knowing basic skills of producing a radio story from classes and freelance work, but never experiencing what it’s like to work in a newsroom with various teams. It amazed me to see so many different people...
I want to share stories of my people
I went into journalism to share the stories of my people, and to have someone just as passionate about sharing the stories of Indigenous people, was so refreshing.
Kylene Yumul was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in the Philippines. She served as a radio operator and communications specialist in the U.S. Army and later worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a public affairs officer. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, earning her master’s degree in journalism. In her free time, Kylene enjoys meditating, learning languages, and playing brain games, as well as spending time with family and indulging in Japanese anime and Korean pop culture.
Note: Kylene was an apprentice digital editor for this NextGenRadio project.
I proved to myself that I’m still a fighter
If these walls could talk, they'd say there is life beyond soul-crushing government work. It was five minutes until the Sunday meet-and-greet and I was meditating to slow my heart rate down. I was that nervous, but I felt the love right away and I'm so honored to have...
This edition of the #NPRNextGenRadio project was produced in collaboration with University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School of Journalism in May 2021.
- Managing Editor – Traci Tong, Editor, Public Media Journalists Association
- Digital Editors – Amara Aguilar, University of Southern California; and Kylene Yumul, University of Nevada, Reno
- Audio Tech – Selena Seay-Reynolds, Freelancer Audio Engineer, Princeton, New Jersey; and Perla Gomez, University of Nevada, Reno
- Illustrators – Lauren Ibanez, Houston; Ard Su, Baltimore; and Emily Whang, Los Angeles
- Visuals – Erica Lee, Freelance Visual Journalist, Jersey City, New Jersey; Michelle Baker, Media Producer, U.S. Senate; and Perla Gomez, University of Nevada, Reno
- Web Developer – Robert Boos, Metropolitan State, Minneapolis
Our journalist/mentors for this project were:
- Nico Colombant, University of Nevada, Reno
- Anh Gray, Public Health Editor, KUNR Public Radio
- Cintia Lopez, Producer, CapRadio
- Itxy Quintanilla, Associate Producer, KPCC
- Paolo Zialcita, General Assignment Reporter, Colorado Public Radio
NPR’s Next Generation Radio program is directed by its founder, Doug Mitchell.