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npr's next generation radio


npr's next generation radio

Chosen as one of five fellows to kick off 2017, I spent a week in Phoenix, AZ with NPR's Next Gen Radio: 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.

I chose to report on a topic near and dear to me: language preservation and the protection of a culture for future generations. I also took the liberty of recording the entire week, just for fun.

Disney to the rescue

Before the Navajo Nation Museum even existed, Manuelito Wheeler spent his childhood days playing in the dirt lot on which it stands today. On his playground, nestled between sandstone cliffs in northern Arizona, Wheeler was unaware of just how prominent a role this place would later play in his life.