Sheoships selected for Next Generation Radio Project

By the CUJ

CTUIR member and KCUW radio station assistant Lily Sheoships was selected to participate in the Next Generation Radio Project on March 2.

The offer to join a cohort, trained by the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), Southern California Public Radio and National Public Radio, came after Sheoships applied Feb. 20.

The project, called NextGenRadio: Indigenous, is a five-day digital-first workshop centering on Indigenous stories and storytellers.

“The reasons I applied for Next Generation Radio Project is because I believe this workshop will help expand my skills in multimedia journalism,” Sheoships said. “Plus my supervisor, Jiselle Halfmoon has encouraged me to apply as well! I know there is so much more for me to learn and I want to contribute exceptional work not only for my employers, but to the KCUW listeners as well. The audience relies on us for daily information whether its local news or events that are happening in the community.

“Hopefully with my new skills, I can bring them news and stories with greater creativity, depth, and truth.”

The project goes from March 14 to 19 and is all-remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The experience will be an “immersive training opportunity to learn more about podcasting, narrative audio storytelling, radio reporting and visual journalism,” according to NAJA.

KCUW Operations Manager Jiselle Halfmoon was excited for her employee.

“I encouraged Lily to apply because these are the type of opportunities I took advantage of as a young media professional and I know Lily would greatly benefit from the network and skill building these cohorts offer,” she said. “I am looking forward to the tribal story projects she will produce from this experience and the talents she will apply to her position in our media operations here at CTUIR.”