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 the University of Nevada, Reno.
Lauren first became interested in journalism when she started working on her high school newspaper. She learned the value and pride that comes from producing stories and sharing that work with others. At the University of Nevada, Reno, she has poured her passion into every story and piece that she writes. At the Reynolds School of Journalism, she learned to tell stories through video, audio and print. She pursued opportunities in strategic communications and has worked in public relations, experiences which provided her with a valuable look at the real-world work environment where deadlines and image management are essential. Between school and her job, Lauren is always thinking about her next interview and how to craft stories about people and issues in this community. With six years of experience in print journalism, she also knows audio, video and visual storytelling, and she’s savvy with a camera. She’s got story ideas and is ready to hit the ground running.
Taylor Caldwell is a senior at the Reynolds School who will be graduating in December 2018 with degrees in both journalism and international affairs. She has always dreamed of reporting for NPR. Taylor hopes to walk away from the bootcamp with a deeper understanding of how to use a subject’s own voice as a means of storytelling in a professional and compelling way. She’s most excited to work alongside her friends, experienced professionals and her favorite professors at the bootcamp.
Karina is a first-generation Mexican American college student from Elk Grove, Calif. She is passionate for digital storytelling and believe there should be more diversity representation in media. She enjoys communicating with fascinating people and telling their stories in ways that connect to the audience. She was recently selected to participate in the 2018 NAHJ/Knight Foundation Student Project, which will present her to opportunity to develop bilingual reporting to the next level. In summer 2018 she will work in Miami with professional journalists to further strengthen her digital journalism skills.
Taylor Harkrader is going into her senior year at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a Journalism major with a Broadcast emphasis and a Photography and Videography minor. Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada so moving to Reno three years ago allowed her to expand her journalistic horizons and purse more career opportunities. Her ultimate goal is to work for Disney as a commercial photographer/ videographer or for ESPN as a College Game Day photographer. Taylor is currently working for Reno’s AAA baseball team, the Aces, as a graphic design/ production intern and she plans to purse this career opportunity in the future as well.
Jazmin is a Latina, born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She considers herself as someone who lives on a border between distinct countries, cultures, and traditions. As the clash of her two cultures and identities creates dissonance within herself, her decisions and her values. She is granted clarity through reporting others’ stories that may also represent her own. She has worked as a bilingual reporter for Noticiero Movil, produced a video about bilingual identity, joined her journalism school’s Student Diversity Council, written and taken photos for the student-run InSight Magazine, and most recently, joined the local National Press Photographers Association and Online News Organization chapters. Her passion area is working within storytelling, diversity, and leadership in order to spread this clarity and direction to others with similar experiences and challenges.
Christian is an aspiring technology journalist. He writes and produces podcasts and videos about technology and how it affects people. He has produced numerous podcasts with narration, interviews, and music. He has shot street photography, virtual reality, and is currently making a music video and a video interview.
Jana’s strengths are in creating visual content and attention to detail. She is proficient in research, writing, shooting and editing video news packages, conducting interviews and on-air reporting. She wrote and directed short films that were showcased in festivals in Las Vegas and Reno. She is currently volunteering as a multimedia and photojournalist for Insight magazine at University of Nevada, Reno, and a news intern at KRNV News 4 and FOX 11. She is also vice president of the Reynolds School of Journalism chapter of the National Press Photographers Association, where I help conduct photography workshops and run meetings.