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8 things I learned at Next Generation Radio this week

Can you catch? Being silly with my mentor this week.

Can you catch? Being silly with my mentor this week.

Being part of the Next Generation Radio project taught me more in a week than I could have learned in a semester. It took me to places I’ve never been, it pushed me out of my creative comfort zone, and it connected me with an amazing group of students and mentors.

I had the opportunity to go to Skid Row with my mentor to interview chef Delilah Cannon who had a firecracker personality and glittery cat nails to match. She showed us around her kitchen, introduced us to her staff and even let us sample the food. I was able to sit down with a homeless mom who was kind enough to share her story with me and her mixed feelings on the meals. That was the easy part.

The next few days were full of logging, cutting audio, piecing the story together, posting pictures, eating, embedding codes, all while trying to meet deadlines.

The pressure was on, but in the end it was all worth it.

Here is a list of what I learned this week:

* How to use Audition
* How to produce a non-narrated audio story
* The term “falling off the wagon” comes from L.A.’s Union Rescue Mission
* Food breaks are necessary
* Remember where you park
* Always use the Waze app
* Be patient in traffic
* Enjoy every minute because time goes by fast when you’re on deadline!

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