opportunity for teens – Radio Diaries, NPR, and Cowbird team up for new Teenage Diaries series, deadline Nov 1

I wanted to pass along this newsletter from Joe Richmond at Radio Diaries for a couple reasons. First, if you don't already know Joe's work, you should. Second, Radio Diaries is celebrating the 16th birthday of its amazing "Teenage Diaries" series with a storytelling project on Cowbird that will eventually turn into a new Teenage Diaries series in 2013. There's a link to a step-by-step guide for getting involved below. Pass this opportunity on to the young people in your lives. -Mia

Dear Friends of Radio Diaries,
Teen boxer Claressa Shields says she's never gotten anything other than gold, and this weekend at the Third Coast International Audio Festival she kept her record. Radio Diaries is incredibly proud to tell you that our story about Claressa, Teen Contender, won the Gold Award for Best Documentary. If you've seen the video of Claressa accepting her Olympic Gold Medal…then you know how we feel.

Claressa Shields, 17, reacts wonderfully to becoming the firs... on Twitpic

At the awards ceremony (brilliantly hosted by our friends, The Kitchen Sisters) our favorite 17-year-old Olympic boxer coached an audience of radio producers and fans on  how to throw a winning jab. Thanks to Claressa, public radio is a little bit fiercer now. 
A huge thank you to everyone who helped produce this story, especially Sue Jaye Johnson, who introduced us to Claressa, as well as Samara Freemark, Deborah George, Ben Shapiro and Marianne McCune. Congratulations to all the other winners at Third Coast, a talented group that includes producers from This American Life, BBC and WNYC. You can hear all those great stories here.

Claressa is boxing in the Police Athletic League tournament in Toledo, Ohio this week. Photojournalist Sue Jaye Johnson is continuing to document Claressa's post-Olympic journey in a feature-length film called  T-Rex. We'll keep you posted.

More news…
Radio Diaries and NPR are collaborating with the storytelling site  Cowbird to collect new stories from teenagers. It's part of our “sweet 16” celebration of the acclaimed  Teenage Diaries project—where young people around the country are given tape recorders to report on their own lives for public radio. A group of the new stories will be featured on npr.org and two teenagers will be chosen to work with us to produce full-length Teenage Diaries in 2013.

Check out the stories we’ve collected on Cowbird so far.

We’re aiming to gather 300 new stories written, recorded and photographed by teens by November 1, and we need your help to spread the word.  Download our Teenage Diaries Step-by-Step guide with instructions on how teenagers can tell their stories on Cowbird and tips on what type of stories we’re looking for. If you'd like to learn more about this project, contact Outreach Manager Nellie Gilles. You'll be hearing a lot more about the Teenage Diaries Project soon.

Thanks for listening,
Joe Richman

169 Avenue A #13 | New York, NY 10009 US

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