|Youth Radio Gives Teens a Voice|
27 June 2006
While the American media often talk about them, teenagers have had little chance to talk about themselves on the air. Now some are using the power and simplicity of a radio program to speak out.
"There's a problem in American culture," a teen journalist from Atlanta tells a conference of radio professionals. "Not enough young women are being encouraged to be fairy princesses. They're being encouraged to grow up and be doctors and lawyers. The ranks of fairy princesses are dwindling because of that.
That's why Alex Black wears a stunning red tiara. "I can be a radio journalist and still be a fairy princess. I want to keep that dream alive."
For Alex, the dream of being on the radio came alive in a high school communications class, taught in partnership with a local radio station. She says her classroom skills have led to professional pay for a radio essay on Hurricane Katrina.
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