Reynolds School alumna Regina Revazova recently accepted an internship with National Public Radio shortly after graduating from the Reynolds School’s Graduate Program in December. Revazova will be working on the news-talk show, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, a program that features spirited discussions of recent headlines with both global newsmakers and everyday people you’d never meet otherwise.
Revazova’s first connection with NPR came about in May 2013 when the Reynolds School partnered with NPR to host a free, weeklong “Next Generation Radio Boot Camp.” The program partnered individual students with mentors from NPR to create multi-platform coverage on human-interest stories. Revazova’s piece, found here, focuses on a Reno woman with a gambling addiction.
Revazova’s piece was the only one in the camp without narrative, something she strives to do with all the stories she tells.
“I don’t want to hear myself in the story,” Revazova said.
Revazova showed her piece at the end of the camp with little feedback from NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project Manager Doug Mitchell.
As graduation closed in, however, Revazova decided to contact Mitchell to see if he knew of any fitting opportunities for her, ultimately wondering if he would even remember her from the camp months earlier. As she found out, however, Mitchell not only remembered her, but he’d been using her piece as an example at other bootcamps regularly. Mitchell then encouraged Revazova to apply for a handful of internships, leading her, ultimately, to the position with Tell Me More.
Revazova has been known throughout her time as a graduate student at the Reynolds School for creating exceptional documentaries (you can view her work here). When asked, then, why she wanted to make the leap from film to radio, Revazova replied, “I guess I’ll answer your question with a question: What is the difference? I don’t see it anymore.”
She went on to describe the phenomenon of overlap in the industry—the idea that radio stations are producing videos; television news stations are producing print coverage for online; print journalists are producing short videos. As Revazova sees it, storytelling is storytelling. The difference is in the tools used to tell a story—and those tools, she says, “cannot dictate anymore in what type of industry a journalist should work.” Rather, journalists should, “listen to a story to suggest appropriate technologies.”
Revazova will begin her internship January 6 and continue work for 16 weeks. When asked of her expectations for the program, Revazova said she hoped they wouldn’t keep her on a strict 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rather, she wants to work long hours and stay surrounded by other storytellers for as long as possible, to make the absolute most of her 16 weeks at NPR.
When asked of her expectations for living in D.C., Revazova said she hopes to take advantage of all of the museums, see cherry blossoms, and—perhaps most importantly—surround herself with new people, places and ideas because that, according to Revazova, is what makes a storyteller most successful.