Emma-Li Thompson is Chinese and a transracial adoptee. She was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona by white parents. Her opposition to Mandarin courses, she said, was an example of her internalizing racism.
When I first talked to my mentor on the phone, I was a little nervous.
This week may have gone by in what felt like the blink of an eye, but it’s an experience that I’m sure I won’t forget.
I came here thinking I had a lot of experience and this was a way to strengthen my skills. While NextGen was that, it was also something more.
My grandfather was a former member of the Federation of Black Cowboys in Harlem, New York, but I haven’t been on a horse since I was about six years old. Covering this story made me reflect on my grandfather’s life and his passion for cowboy culture.
I faced the usual journalist difficulties—sources not getting back to me, time crunches and technical hiccups.
ABOUT: NPR’s Next Gen Radio 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. This project was produced In January 2016 from the headquarters of KJZZ in Tempe, Arizona.