Make your voice heard — become a part of NPR's Student Podcast Challenge! Our 2023 contest for college students is open for entries and will close on Jan. 5, 2024. Our judges will select one grand prize winner and 10 finalists, who'll receive a $5,000 and $500 scholarship, respectively. Click the image below to enter.
Capturing a memory, recording your loved one's story in their own voice or sharing something new you've learned – podcasting can serve as a vehicle for all these goals and more. And, of course, it can be a lot of fun, too!
Over the last five years, as part of our annual Student Podcast Challenge, we here at the Education team at NPR have created and gathered resources to help students and teachers produce their own podcasts, and in return, we've received thousands of entries every year.
While many of these resources were created for our audience of students, teachers, educators and parents, it's a great place to start for anyone who wants to make their own podcast! So if that's you, here's a collection of tips & tricks from our very own NPR producers.
Student podcasters, we don't expect you to be experts! In fact, we expect that most of you are putting together a podcast for the first time.
And even though this is a contest, it's also about learning new skills in a fun way. We want to make that easier, so we've put together this guide to help you with planning, recording, editing audio, using music and so much more.
As the NPR Student Podcast Challenge kicks off its second year, here's a short video guide to making your podcast sound great. A good way to start? Build a pillow fort! Don Gonyea, a veteran NPR correspondent who's filed stories from all over the world, shows us how.
So you've got a great idea for your podcast. You've written up the questions, shaped an outline, lined up your interviews. Now comes the big challenge that can turn a good podcast into a winning entry: gathering great sound. Here are our best tips for gathering great sound and making your podcast sound awesome.
Speaking into a microphone is hard — even for radio veterans at NPR. In this video, voice coach Jessica Hansen and NPR's Training team share a few vocal exercises that will help you sound more natural in front of a mic.
NPR's Student Podcast Challenge, for grades five through 12*, is open for entries and will close on April 28, 2023. Our judges will select one middle and one high school grand prize winner. This year, we're also introducing a new thematic award for the best mental health podcast.
You can submit your work here. Before you get started, we strongly recommend you read over the following pages: