The Next Generation Radio project is a full-scale, digital-first multimedia training project with emphasis on audio. The program is a series of week-long training projects that offers students or early-career journalists the opportunity to work with mentors to report and produce an in-depth audio story. This July 2020 project for student journalists is created in partnership with KUER in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Kaya Hartley is a student at the University of Utah with a passion for information accessibility, empathy through education and quality ice cream. She has covered topics ranging from the struggles of LGBTQI+ people living in refugee camps to race-related issues, social equity, community outreach and underserved populations. She aspires to be a freelance journalist with dreams of never being stuck in one place for too long.
Palak Jayswal is a recent University of Utah graduate and aspiring music journalist. She loves all things arts and was the arts editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle, where she wrote more than 150 articles. Her true passion is pop culture and music. She aspires to write for a publication like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, or Pitchfork one day and to interview as many musicians as possible.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Diana Khosrovi is a news and storytelling fan. She recently graduated with a B.S. in public health from Westminster College and is an events and community engagement editor at KUER in Salt Lake City. She plans to use the journalistic skills she learned from NextGenRadio to create compelling news features on social justice, health and disenfranchised communities.
Megan is finishing up her last semester at Salt Lake Community College with a major in communications. She will continue her education at the University of Utah and major in journalism. In the summer of 2019, Megan began writing for Salt Lake Community College’s student newspaper, The Globe, and then became the Globe’s digital engagement editor. In addition to working for the newspaper, Megan is an administrative assistant for an immigration law firm in downtown Salt Lake City. Outside of her professional obligations, she is an attentive rabbit mom, loves trying new foods, and is always looking for new travel destinations.