Produced by Sara Perman
Other pieces by Alaska Teen Media Institute
Zoe Cordes Selbin
Posted on August 19, 2006 at 01:41 PM
Becoming a teenager adds a whole new list of responsibilities and expectations. One of them, particularly for older teens, is finding a job. In this informative piece, reporter Sara Perman talks about jobs for teens, and how to get them.
One thing that makes this piece interesting is the vox; we get to hear several other teens talk about their job experiences. Using this vox, Sara talks about how teens can get jobs that they actually enjoy, defying the stereotype that teens can only get hired waiting tables or babysitting. One intriguing point Sara raises is that teens often get jobs because of who they know, not what they do. Though this is often mirrored in the adult world, it's not something you usually think about in relation to teen occupations.
The only thing I would have changed about this piece would be to make it longer! While it's usually good to keep radio pieces short, I felt this 2:41 piece could have been expanded a little more. I would like to have heard more about these jobs and how people felt about them,maybe we could hear more from the teens Sara interviewed.
That said, this is a strong piece with great narration, writing, and vox. Thanks to Sara Perman for highlighting an interesting topic!
Posted on February 27, 2006 at 04:49 PM
This piece I think is pretty relevant to a lot of teenagers, especially during the summer. The introduction is very appealing because all teenagers can relate to needing money and spending it as fast as they can get it. She also does a pretty good job of interviewing people and asking them how they got their job. One thing that separates this piece from many of the other pieces about teenagers and summer jobs is that it doesn?t fall back on stereotypes about teenagers and summer jobs. She identifies the summer jobs where people use their talents like playing a harp or rock climbing. I especially like the fact that she compared teens? work schedules during summer and during school, because teenagers? priorities and focus shift once school starts. Sara?s voice was nice and clear and her voice had a lot of energy. Another good thing this piece had was that she put a little comedy into the story about the strange connections it sometimes takes to get a summer job. Something that could have made the story better is if Sara would have asked the teenagers if they liked their job and if they could have a different job than the one they have now.