NPR’s award-winning series, the Student Podcast Challenge, is returning for its fourth year with a host of new features for entrants and sponsors alike, building on its momentum from previous years. The series encourages students nationwide to turn their audio storytelling aspirations into reality by turning classrooms into studios, essays into scripts, and ideas into podcasts.
NPR aims to provide up-and-coming audio talent with the skills to succeed in an oversaturated landscape, and the series provides space for the voice of a younger generation to emerge in the mainstream. Contestants compete for the chance to have their story featured on the Student Podcast Challenge podcast and in other NPR podcasts, recognized across some of NPR’s most popular news magazines, and to win scholarships to aid them in continuing their podcasting and education endeavours. The series provides a wealth of sponsorship alignment throughout the duration of the contest and in the recognition of the winners, providing long term exposure to NPR’s audience.