LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2021) — It's that time of year — new semester, new assignments, new Student Podcast Challenge. NPR's Student Podcast Challenge is back for its third year and is open for submissions.
WUKY will once again host local schools for brainstorming sessions and “how-to” advice on getting started with podcasts. The challenge is aimed at students between fifth and 12th grades, and NPR Ed will provide a series of suggested prompts and a guide for student podcasters and their teachers. NPR’s hope is to generate excellent material from around the country, as well as provide a chance to add youth voices into the national conversation.
The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2021, and WUKY will host "how-to" sessions later this month.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for young people to learn about podcasting, interviewing, journalism and editing from seasoned, award-winning professionals at WUKY,” said WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. “And we look forward to seeing more Central Kentucky schools receive recognition from NPR in the spring!”
Last year, five Lexington area schools brought students to the WUKY studios to learn the ins and outs of podcasting from News Director Alan Lytle and reporter Arlo Barnette. One group from Woodford County Middle School won an honorable mention from NPR.
Because of COVID restrictions, sessions this year will be held via Zoom Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. Instructors who are interested in having their students participate live or watch the archive version of the session should contact WUKY's Godell before Jan. 20 at email@example.com.
Students will create a podcast about a topic they want to explore — and that can be just about anything. Only students in grades five-12 are eligible to enter, and a teacher, after-school program coordinator, parent or adult over the age of 18 must submit the podcast.
For more details and challenge requirements, please visit www.wuky.org/2021-student-podcast-challenge#stream/0.
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