In a story he did for NPR a couple years ago, my Youth Radio colleague Brandon McFarland came off an especially thoughtful clip saying, “That’s my man Gerald, dropping that knowledge.”
While I make it a policy not to appropriate the phrases I hear tossed around Youth Radio’s newsroom, this one I couldn’t resist. Drop that Knowledge seems the perfect title for this effort—to get conversations going about youth media stories.
I’m especially interested in projects spearheaded by young people who’ve been marginalized from digital media production—how they make media to make meaning, change, and sometimes money.
• What stories do young people tell?
• What activities do they design for themselves, or do adult producers organize with them, to generate powerful stories?
• Who’s learning what through youth media production, and how?
• How are young producers making money?
• How are they transforming old media editorial guidelines in the new media environment?
These are the kinds of questions I’ll be taking up here.