letter from the editor

Letter from the Editor
Welcome to September 2007 (Volume 1: Issue 8) of Youth Media Reporter (YMR).
This issue is focused on youth radio and its importance to the youth media field. Many thanks to this month’s contributors from Generation PRX, and Youth Radio (CA), Radio Arte, and interviewees from KBOO Youth Collective, Blunt Radio, Voices of Youth, Radio Rookies, and Radiobus.
The radio pieces in this issue cover:
• Teaching and understanding the value of diversity in Latin American youth radio classrooms;
• How providing leadership and career opportunities can engage youth to become peer-to-peer teachers and graduates-turned-employees at Youth Radio;
• The importance of radio partnerships; and
• The unique elements of youth radio that make it stand out across the field.
In addition to this month’s feature radio articles, check out our professional of the month Erin Lanke, the Youth Advocate at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, OR, who started radio at the age of fifteen and rocks out in a punk rock band.
YMR has two more issues left in the year 2007 and will be releasing a print version of the journal with 8-10 “special feature” articles that investigate trends, issues, and challenges current to the youth media field early 2008. If you would like a copy of the print journal, send a request to idahl@aed.org.
The next issue (#9) of YMR will come out on October 15th with a focus on cross-continental youth media work. In October, YMR will co-sponsor a two part “Youth Media Forum” at NAMAC’s Frontier is Here conference with Global Action Project, Youth Media Learning Network, and Listen Up! on the 17th and 19th in Austin, TX. Reflections from these forums will be available as in-briefs in next month’s issue.
If you are interested in writing an in-brief or a feature article about a youth media event, program, or challenge your organization has experienced or solved, contact YMR. We are interested in learning about you and your viewpoints.
If you would like to be published in YMR please contact me at idahl@aed.org. As always, we also encourage you to provide feedback or begin a conversation about any of the current articles, simply use the comment feature next to each article on the YMR website.
Ingrid Hu Dahl
Editor, YMR
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