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More Than Words

The series ran in February and June during "On the Record."

More Than Words is a collaborative youth media group, radio project and podcast produced and reported by Baltimore City Public School students. Young people in Baltimore have incredible insight and sensitivity about their city, its institutions, the issues and concerns they face, and the many assets and triumphs happening everyday in their neighborhoods, schools, and families. The show hands over the microphone to youth so they can report and tell personal stories they feel journalists sometimes neglect or get wrong.

For the 2016-2017 school year, we partnered with Frederick Douglass High School’s Recording Arts, Media and Production (RAMP) in West Baltimore to teach radio journalism and how storytelling has the power to shift perspectives about issues confronting communities of color. Deneira, Miles, Chanel and Xavier will produce at least six episodes by the end of the school year. 

The show is edited and directed by WYPR’s education reporter, Jonna McKone and Jamyla Krempel, the station’s digital producer.

More Than Words is supported by a generous grant from the Philip and Beryl Sachs Family Foundation

 

We've compiled all 7 episodes of More than Words, a series reported and produced by students at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore. Click on the image for information about each episode. 

Jonna McKone

For our final More Than Words story, Xavier started out interested in how activists in Baltimore see their work in the city as connected to and inspired by Civil Rights struggles of the past. As he researched and conducted interviews for this piece, he found writing to be an overlooked form of activism and decided to sit down with one of his favorite authors, D. Watkins.

Last week you heard from Deneira, a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore. She shared a little bit about her life with her mom and grandmother. Now she’ll give us some insight into her senior year. A month or so ago, Deneira told me she’s “not the normal teenager.” Who knows if such a thing exists, but those familiar with Deneira will tell you that she is an intelligent, resilient and unique young adult.  

In her last piece for More than Words, you’ll hear some phone conversations she had with her sister about how they cope with anxiety and depression. 

More Than Words is supported by a generous grant from the Philip and Beryl Sachs Family Foundation.

In today's episode of More than Words, we’ll focus on women who sacrifice and provide for their families. Deneira is a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She walked across the stage last week. She lives with her mom, grandma and several pets. 

These three generations of women have faced many struggles, some of which are ongoing. Deneira will tell you about some of her challenges next week, but first she wanted to share a piece about the women in her life who exemplify perseverance and strength. 

More Than Words is supported by a generous grant from the Philip and Beryl Sachs Family Foundation.

First up-Deneira moderated a discussion with her co-reporters about adults’ perceptions of youth. The students had an honest and lively discussion about their experiences being stereotyped and how they feel adults could be more understanding and helpful to young people.

6:55-Xavier shares his connection to an issue all too common in Baltimore City--gun violence.

12:48-Chanel produced and narrated a radio diary about her identity as a gender non-conformist.  Chanel, who also goes by Cory, is committed to dispelling stereotypes about gender identity and expression.

23:40-Miles takes us on a journey through his experience of mentorship.

Frederick Douglass High School student, Miles, takes us on a journey through his experience of mentorship.

In today’s episode Chanel, a Frederick Douglass High School student, produced and narrated a radio diary about her identity as a gender non-conformist.  Chanel, who also goes by Cory, is committed to dispelling stereotypes about gender identity and expression.

 

 

In today's episode of "More Than Words," Xavier, a Frederick Douglass High School student shares his connection to an issue all too common in Baltimore City--gun violence.

Deneira moderated a discussion with her co-reporters about adults’ perceptions of youth. The students had an honest and lively discussion about their experiences being stereotyped and how they feel adults could be more understanding and helpful to young people.