MTPR News Reporter Selected for NPR Next Generation Radio Training

September 13, 2016

MISSOULA – Montana Public Radio news reporter Nicky Ouellet has been selected for National Public Radio’s Next Generation Radio training. Ouellet, MTPR’s Flathead reporter, will spend Sept. 19-23 in St. Paul, Minnesota, at Minnesota Public Radio for a one-week workshop for early career professionals. She is one of six reporters from around the country to be selected out of 110 applicants.

Nicky Ouellet“I’m excited to explore new methods of storytelling and incorporate them in my coverage for MTPR,” Ouellet said. “We’re a small station in a big state; it’s a challenge to stay on top of emerging technology and fast-changing media platforms.”

Ouellet’s training will focus on social media reporting and sound editing. She will be paired with public radio’s Marketplace sustainability reporter Scott Tong to work on a story about a man who uses patient narratives to study the science of sleep.

“Working for a week under the guidance of experienced media pros is invaluable, and I’m excited to bring that knowledge home,” Ouellet said.

Recently, two of Ouellet’s stories, one on mushroom harvesting on national forests and one on Glacier National Park’s “bark ranger,” have aired nationally on NPR News Morning Edition. They are available online at:

Next Generation Radio is co-sponsored by NPR and several journalism and media organizations. The projects are designed to give journalists who are interested in radio an opportunity to receive training in recording techniques, writing, voice and on-air presentation and audio production. The other journalists selected include:

  • · Leah Donnella, news assistant, NPR’s “Codeswitch,” Washington, D.C.
  • · Wesley Early, web editor/producer, Alaska Public Media, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • · Taylor Gantt, producer, “On Second Thought,” Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta.
  • · Elma Yedda Gonzalez, assistant news producer and Gloria Penner Fellow, KPBS, San Diego.
  • · Cai Thomas, documentary filmmaker/fellow with American RadioWorks, Boston.

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Contact: Ray Ekness, director, Broadcast Media Center, 406-243-4154, ray.ekness@umontana.edu.