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 Houston Public Media and the University of Houston.

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No fixed feelings

No fixed feelings

This week has been such a memorable and eye opening experience.  I've learned so many things that I will carry with me throughout my career, but a few of my favorites are the importance of project management, working together and, my favorite, subjectivity. I was...

Humbled and Ready to Learn

Humbled and Ready to Learn

During my Next Generation Radio training, I’ve learned to trust myself and my preparation and see setbacks as a learning opportunity, not failures. 

My #NextGen Journey

My #NextGen Journey

NextGenRadio was exactly what I needed. And then some. If I told you I wasn’t nervous coming into this project, I’d be lying. However, after a casual dinner, everyone there had a great mixture of personalities and I figured, ‘Hey, maybe I...

A Wild Burn into Experiential Education

A Wild Burn into Experiential Education

I had the application deadline for this program on my calendar for a solid month. But two days before the application was due, I had writer’s block, and couldn’t force myself to write the application. Eventually, two hours before the deadline, I said I might as well...

Antréchelle Dorsey

Antréchelle Dorsey

Texas Southern University

Antréchelle Dorsey is Texas Southern University broadcast journalism major. This is her third venture in academics and this time it’s right. Hard work, motivation and support from family and friends led her to pursue a career as a multimedia personality. Adversity is the jet fuel that sends her to soar above any challenge that stands in her way. Always on the move, she adds the title of “Madame President of the World Renown Texas Southern University Debate Team” to her latest accomplishments.

Aliah Edwards

Aliah Edwards

Prairie View A&M

Aliah Edwards’ interest in media started in her high school graphic design and studio art classes. In college she joined the radio station at Prairie View and is entering her fourth semester on air. She’s worked with radio, videography, and is currently a brand ambassador for 2loud magazine in Houston, Texas. At this learning stage, Aliah is learning all she can from mentors and industry people, and is ready to take the initiative in any situation. In her spare time, she love to sing, dance, and help other creatives to build ideas and brands. “I cherish my family and friends more than anything in this world. Once I am successful in my career I plan to travel the world with my loved ones.”

Rafa Farihah

Rafa Farihah

University of Houston

A junior studying dual majors in Management Information Systems and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Houston. Rafa is a social media savvy extrovert and manages the YouTube channel, “Rafa Farihah,” with weekly uploads on comedy, fashion, and beauty. She also also blogs on rafafarihah.com about fashion and lifestyle tips and opinion on current events. In addition to her school and internships, which take up most of her time, Rafa loves to spend time with friends and family.

Alejandra Martinez

Alejandra Martinez

University of Texas, Austin

Alejandra Martinez is relentless in her work ethic and holds true desire to be an agent of change in her community. Unafraid of risks, reporting is a natural fit for Alejandra. ” My approachability and charisma make it easy to interview anyone. I want to work with people to share their unique perspective of the world, because I know these stories create a rich culture. I understand and take pride in my role as a professional, young Latina in a field where I am a minority.”

Vanessa Onyekwere

Vanessa Onyekwere

University of Houston

Vanessa Onyekwere has been a mature and eager “go-getter” when it comes to what she wants. From Dallas, Vanessa was raised in a Nigerian household of seven and had to grow up quick. After graduating top of her class, she wanted to do something that could make her family proud. With dreams beyond multimedia, Vanessa considers herself to be multifaceted and gifted with the ability to dance, sing, act, host and grow as an entertainer and media correspondent, looking for the opportunity to shine her light and being able to touch others in the process.

Luke Walther

Luke Walther

University of Houston

Born in Nashville, Luke Walther moved with his family and six siblings around rural Kentucky and Tennessee while growing up. He was homeschooled until starting college in spring 2013 at Western Kentucky University. In fall 2014, he was pre-admitted to the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship and moved to Houston. Since then Luke has been filming and producing in the music and visual arts scene. In 2016, Luke started work on his first feature length film, “Chasing Donuts,” a documentary about a street artist’s quest to becoming a traveling muralist. Luke believes stories are adventures in art.

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