NPR Student Podcast Challenge

NPR has issued a Student Podcast Challenge and I thought it be great if at least one of the student podcast entries was about mental illness, suicide or drug addiction/abuse. When students speak up on a topic, it gets noticed.

The Contest is a podcast submission contest includes 5th – 12th grade teachers who can submit an audio file created by their student(s) for an opportunity to (a) have NPR and/or station reporters come to their school to meet and interview them and their student(s) and (b) have the winning podcast discussed in a news segment that will appear on an episode of NPR’s All Things Considered or Morning Edition.

Does anyone know some local students who might take on this challenge? And if your student does a podcast on mental illness, suicide or drug abuse/addiction and it doesn’t win, I’ll post it here to share. I wouldn’t be able to do that until they make the final decision or otherwise it could disqualify the NPR student entry.

Ideas

Students can create a podcast entry in any class or extracurricular group, on any topic. The following are suggestions to students from the NPR website:

  1. Tell us a story about your school or community: about something that happened there — recently or in the past — that your audience should know about.
  2. What is a moment in history that all students should learn about?
  3. Show us both sides of a debate about an issue that’s important to you.
  4. What do you want to change about the world? What’s a big change that you want to make in the future?
  5. Explain something to us that kids understand and grown-ups don’t.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory.

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