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NPR's Student Podcast Challenge now accepting submissions

Photo Illustration by Becky Harlan

NPR’s Annual Student Podcast Challenge has returned for a fifth year. The competition invites students to collaborate with their community, schools, and teachers to make creative podcasts.

The challenge opened for entries on Jan. 6 to students between 8th and 12th grade. The winner will get to hear their work on NPR and get a visit from NPR's education team.

"We really just ask students to talk about whatever topic they're interested in. I keep going back to the phrase we hear stories about tattoos and tater tots, so it's a really wide range," Janet Lee from NPR's education desk explains.

In 2019, there was a finalist from the Milwaukee-area. Three students from the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center submitted a podcast about their experiences being incarcerated.

Tips and advice on how to produce a student podcast can be found here. Submissions are accepted until April 28.

Becky is WUWM's executive producer of Lake Effect.
Cait Flynn was an assistant producer for Lake Effect 2022 to 2023.
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