Our Student Journalists
The Next Generation Radio project is a full-scale, digital-first multimedia training project with emphasis on “radio storytelling.” We are committed to the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on journalism. The program is a series of week-long student training projects, designed to give students who are interested in radio and journalism the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own radio story. If you are interested in working with the program, inquire through @NextGenRadio. This #nextgenradio project is created in partnership with Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento.
As a storyteller, I was forced to question: How can I convey major ideas, without losing depth and nuance within my subject’s story?
Here are five critical things I learned during the span of the intensive one-week workshop:
As a documentary journalist it was not easy to step away from the camera, but when I decided to report in my normal elements and record with a camera, the mentors were fine with it.
I knew that it was not going to be easy so I focused on preparation. Looking back, this is what life is all about: adapting to change.
So many new things to learn. It was my first time doing a non-narrative piece, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.
Aditi Mayer is currently a senior at the University of California, Irvine. Outside of the classroom, she’s a photographer and the founder of sustainable fashion blog ADIMAY.com. With over 20k followers, she is passionate about using storytelling and fashion to draw attention to multidisciplinary issues, including sustainability, identity and social justice. Mayer has become an active speaker in the world of fashion and culture, with recent panels on cultural appropriation, ethics in fashion and movement building. She was recently awarded the California Reporting Scholarship and will be documenting the narratives of garment workers facing sweatshop conditions in Los Angeles.
Caitlin Bartusick is a journalism and American studies major at California State University, Fullerton. She’s also the managing editor of CSUF’s Daily Titan newspaper. Raised in Southern California’s Huntington Beach, Bartusick’s mission is to give people a platform to share their stories. In the future, she hopes to work on long-form stories about the environment.
Dominic Torres is a senior at California State University, Fullerton studying journalism. His focus is documentary-style storytelling and reporting from the field. While he’s passionate about journalism, fashion is what Torres describes as his “second life” that allows him to “push out visual content that best describes me. I feel that the best way to find happiness in my life is to pursue everything I am passionate about.”
Julius Choi is a journalism major at California State University, Fullerton. He enjoys storytelling in all forms, but particularly enjoys podcasting and radio. Of his future in media, Choi said: “I am a Korean American who wants to rewrite the script and prove that Asians have what it takes to be in this industry.”
Leslie Cano is a first-generation college student and currently a junior at California State University, Fullerton. She aspires to work in a newsroom as a multi-media journalist. To this end, Cano’s using her time at CSUF to build her skills in on-air presentation and behind the scenes production.
Madeline Gray is a student at Fullerton College, a natural progression from her childhood love of the written word. From journals to poetry to theater reviews for the Orange County Cappies team, Madeline is now using her journalism studies to share stories across platforms.