Youth Radio received the Edward R. Murrow award for its investigative series, Trafficked, which explores the sex trade of minors in Oakland largely through first-hand accounts of the victims. This is the second award the organization has received this year for the series, which was awarded a Peabody for its investigative report. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.
Youth Radio promotes young people’s intellectual, creative, and professional growth through education and access to media. Their overarching goal is to instill a long-term commitment and engagement on the part of youth as viable contributors and leaders in the media/arts, journalism and civic life.
In 2006, Youth Radio purchased a 20,235 square foot facility in downtown Oakland in order to expand its operations. The facility was purchased with the assistance of a foundation PRI and a capital grant from Community Vision’s Nonprofit Space Capital Fund. Community Vision also provided them with a $1.15 million in construction financing to convert the former law office into a media center and administrative space for Youth Radio. In addition, Community Vision provided $622,000 in financing to purchase equipment needed to make the facility operational.
Community Vision is proud to have played such a pivotal role in supporting Youth Radio’s growth, in both its new state of the art media center and its outstanding work in journalism.