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Healthy NewsWorks journalists featured on two radio broadcasts
March 17, 2012

March 2012…Student journalists recently had the opportunity to share their Healthy NewsWorks experiences with radio listeners, as well as gain insight into the interview process.

In March, WHYY featured Healthy NewsWorks as part of its Fit series. The story highlighted the Hope Partnership for Education school in North Philadelphia and followed Amy Kingsmill, Hope Partnership teacher, and Healthy NewsWorks Director Marian Uhlman, as they guided the student journalists in a discussion on whether dried fruit is a tasty and nutritious snack they would recommend.

WHYY’s Fit series includes audio stories, recipes, online resources, and more designed to encourage healthy eating and living.

In January, AM 900-WURD featured Healthy NewsWorks on its radio program “Your Health Matters” hosted by Dr. Calvin B. Johnson, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. Two student journalists from the Healthy Bulletin newspaper at Marshall Street Elementary School in Norristown, along with their teacher and newspaper editor Donna Freeman and Marian Uhlman participated in the program. The call-in talk show was streamed live on the internet at www.900amwurd.com, and Dr. Johnson took listener calls.

WURD Radio, the only African-American-owned and -operated talk radio station in Pennsylvania, provides information and solutions that, according to its website, “educate, uplift, and inspire the heart and soul of Philadelphia.”

Says Marian, “It’s an exhilarating and challenging experience for our young journalists to find themselves on the other side of the interview, and a great way for them to gain insight into how to conduct an interview.”

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