Pass the Mic 2013!

Pass the Mic 2013

“Pass the Mic” is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF in partnership with The North Fork Heart & Soul Project. Over the course of two years, 14 young reporters will be assigned to a “beat” reporting on a North Fork industry. Youth participants will learn the skills of how to produce interviews and stories in a multi-media context, and will be supported in presenting their final projects to the valley. 

KVNF’s program director, Ali Lightfoot, is the director of “Pass the Mic”, and will collaborate with local videographers and producers from Delta County Film Collective and Hutman Media to create audio and video reports. The reports will be aired on KVNF,  posted here, and a documentary film will be created to tell the stories of the youth involved, and what they experienced through the process.

Seven young reporters were selected to report on 5 sectors of the North Fork Valley economy. You can read about them in their very own words here. The individual posts appear under this program page, and include the Pass the Mic interviews from 2012 in the pagination as well!

Hearing Hinsdale:  An Oral History of Mining  was a six-week summer camp that took place in 2013.  It was designed to capture the stories of community members involved in historic and current mining activities in Hinsdale County.  The reporters,  ages 10 to 14,  collected oral histories of residents who have worked in three mines critical to Hinsdale County's growth.  The program mirrored KVNF's  Pass the Mic youth radio program.

Interviews include:

The youth reporters from the 2013 round of Pass the Mic have produced some entertaining and informative videos. They interviewed members of the community that represented different sectors of the local economy, including agriculture, energy, arts, healthcare, and recreation.

They also interviewed a group of teens, asking them what it's like to be a teenager in the North Fork Valley. Enjoy their videos below!

Agriculture: An interview with hops farmer, Glen Fuller, and Mike King, and owner and brewer of Revolution Brewery.

Energy reporter, Eden Clearwater interviews Jeff Tobe about the future of solar energy.

Pass the Mic's Arts Reporter, Sadie Miller speaks with Annette Pretorius about the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.

Pass the Mic's agriculture reporter, Tao Freeman, interview Mike King - brewmaster and owner of Revolution Brewery in Paonia.

Pass the Mic's energy reporters, Cristina Rankin and Eden Clearwater,  visit with coal miners and share their own opinions about this local industry.

Healthcare reporter, Noah McDaniel interviews North Fork Ambulance Association EMT, Linda Kiser.

Ali Lightfoot

Listen as Pass the Mic student youth reporters visit the ambulance garage in Paonia and interview volunteer EMTs Linda and Bob Kaiser.

“Pass the Mic” is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF in partnership with The North Fork Heart & Soul Project.

Ali Lightfoot

Listen to youth reporters,  Cristina Rankin and Eden Clearwater interviewing local "off the gird" rancher, Todd Harding.

“Pass the Mic” is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF in partnership with The North Fork Heart & Soul Project.

Ali Lightfoot

Listen in as youth reporter, Liza Eller, interviews local dancer extraordinaire, Lindsey Ballyhoo as part of the Pass the Mic project.

“Pass the Mic” is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF in partnership with The North Fork Heart & Soul Project.

Pass the Mic reporter, Noah McDaniel  speaks with Paonia resident,  Sanni,  about living with autism in the North Fork Valley.    

Energy reporter, Allison Godwin, interviews the president of Oxbow's Elk Creek coal mine, Jim Cooper.

Pass the Mic's Agriculture reporters check in with local farmers Jeff Schwartz, Paul Thliveris and Mark Waltermire about last year's harvest and what they think about the future of the industry.

Saturday, March 9th, 3:00 pm @ Paradise Theater, Paonia

See the North Fork Valley through the eyes of seven young reporters, ages 8-12. Hear their dialog with business owners, coal executives, farmers, artists and ranchers about the future of the North Fork Valley.

The Pass the Mic reporters talk about what makes the North Fork Valley special to them.

Pass the Mic Arts reporter, Riven Sky Badgett speaks with local artist Maya Arthur about the arts coop and Elsewhere studios in Paonia. 

"Pass the Mic" is a project of North Fork Heart and Soul.

Pass the Mic reporter, Will Ela interviews North Fork potter and teacher, David Strong. "Pass the Mic" is a project of North Fork Heart and Soul.

Youth reporter Noah Silverstein interviews musician, Sticky Mulligan for North Fork Heart & Soul's "Pass the Mic" project.

Arts Reporter, Katya Schwieterman, interviews author Craig Childs, for North Fork Heart & Soul's Pass the Mic.  

Pass the Mic youth reporters Will Ela and Isaac Van Horn interview local rancher Norm Smith:

Pass the Mic Arts reporters, Katya Schwieterman and Riven Sky Badgett, interview fashion designers for 2012 Paonia Fashion and Design show.
"Pass the Mic" is a project of North Fork Heart and Soul and KVNF Community Radio.


Video edited by: Ali Lightfoot

"Pass the Mic" is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, in partnership with the North Fork Heart & Soul Project. Over the course of two years, 14 young reporters will be assigned to a "beat" reporting on a North Fork industry. Youth participants learn the skills of how to produce interviews and stories in a multi-media context, and will be supported in presenting their final projects to the valley.

Pass the Mic” is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF in partnership with the The North Fork Heart & Soul Project.  Youth participants learn the skills of how to produce interviews and stories in a multi-media context.   All 7 young reporters are assigned to a “beat” reporting on a North Fork industry.  Today the kids share their opinions on some important issues and the industries they are reporting on.   

Pass the Mic reporters head to the streets of Paonia to ask some important questions on local and national issues.

Pass the Mic reporter, Sadie Miller interviews 11 year old singer-songwriter,  Jaden Carlson.

Pass the Mic reporter, Athena Peters, speaks to  local artists, Susie Kaldis and Birdie Kuhl of the North Fork Creative Coalition, about their community mural  project and passion.

Local writer, Christy Aschwanden, speaks with 10 year old Pass the Mic reporter, Leaf Michelsen,  about the year she spent practicing the art of living in one place, never venturing more than 100 miles from home.

11 year old  Pass the Mic reporter,  Noah Silverstein speaks with long-time Delta county resident and storyteller,  Dot Wilkinson Kauffman Clay.