Tyler Bartlam, a Media, Communications and Journalism major at Fresno State, gets to spend this week diving into her specialty area, producing content for radio, digital and social media platforms, at Capital Public Radio‘s Next Gen Radio Training Week in Sacramento.

“I’m really looking forward to working with all the different professionals that’ll be there. I know there will be so much to learn from them. I hope to be a sponge!”

Bartlam, who expects to graduate this semester, is one of six students from Central Valley colleges and universities chosen to participate in the second Next Generation Radio Training. The six student journalists are selected through a competitive application process. 

Bartlam submitted a couple of different samples of her work for the application:

“First was a story I wrote for 102w about the Fresno State police officers riding new electric bikes. I also submitted a section of a radio story I was doing on mental health services offered by the Student Health Center. The last two samples I sent in were from interning at 940 ESPN in Fresno.” 

Each student has been paired with a one-on-one mentor. Bartlam’s mentor is a reporter/producer at WCPN in Cleveland.

Next Gen is a full-scale, digital-first multimedia training week with emphasis on “radio storytelling.” With one-to-one mentoring and training, we are committed to the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on journalism.

“What I love about journalism is the power to inform,” said Bartlam, who would like to work in public radio after she graduates. “There is so much going on in the world and so many stories to tell. Journalism can tell those stories and connect people.” 


Here are the other students selected for this year’s program:

  • Anjali Bhat studies Communication and English at UC Davis. 
  • Robert Juarez majors in journalism at San Joaquin Delta College. 
  • Justina Sharp majors in Journalism at American River College. 
  • Sami Soto Studies Government-Journalism at Sac State. 
  • Marianna Sousa studies Communications at Sacramento City College. 

The project work will be showcased along with all Next Generation Radio projects at

Next Gen Radio is funded in part by the California Endowment and sponsored by Capital Public Radio, Sacramento State University and NPR.