Modern Day Scarlet Letter A
Temitayo Fagbenle and Courtney Stein


WNYC, USA, 2013
TCF Winners
Identity, Internet , Sexuality, Youth
08 24


Many teenagers live half of their lives on social media sites and they're writing the rules as they go.

One online trend Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is something she calls "slut-shaming" using photos and videos to turn a girl's private life inside out.

The Modern Day Scarlet Letter A won the Radio Impact Award in the 2013 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. It was produced in 2012 by Temitayo Fagbenle and Courtney Stein, with editor Marianne McCune for WNYC's Radio Rookies.

Listen to all nine winners of the 2013 TC/RHDF Competition, and check out the EXTRA section below for a few related links, and to hear Temitayo and Courtney accepting their award.


Temitayo Fagbenle is a 17-year-old WNYC Rookie Reporter of Nigerian descent. She attends high school in Manhattan and will graduate in January 2014. In college Fagbenle plans to major in Chillness with a minor in Social Justice. She's blunt, hilarious, and very poker-faced most of the time, but when excited she's known to make baby dinosaur noises.

Courtney Stein is an associate producer with WNYC's Radio Rookies. Stein trained at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine and interned at StoryCorps and American RadioWorks before joining Radio Rookies as a producer in 2007. Now she assists in teaching radio and multimedia workshops and works alongside Rookie Reporters to produce stories for WNYC.org and WNYC Radio.


Hear more from WNYC's Radio Rookies, including other Third Coast accolades and appearances.

The photo of Temitayo, Courtney and Marianne with their award was snapped by Kate Joyce.


Well made piece on an important issue!
Posted by Gabriel from Germany at 10/19/2013