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2021 NPR Student Podcast Challenge

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This will be the third year for NPR's Student Podcast Challenge, and this year they are adding an exciting element to the initiative: college students.

The second year of the contest, despite taking place during the total shutdown of the school year during the pandemic, was a huge success with more than 2,000 entries from nearly every state in the country. Despite the pandemic there were many requests from teachers to extend the deadline as they realized that the contest was an excellent way for them to do project-based learning with their students online. And in the contest’s final week in March more than 800 podcasts were submitted.

NPR is excited to open the world of student podcasting to college students this year and they anticipate a very different group of young people will be submitting and sharing their stories.

Key Dates:

Tuesday, December 1 - College Edition opens for entries
Monday, February 15 - Deadline for college student entries
Week of May 25 - Finalists and honorable mentions are announced and shared with stations
Week of June 1 - Winners announced

Friday, January 1 - The Student Podcast Challenge opens for entries from middle and high school students
Monday, March 15 - Deadline for middle and high school student entries
Week of May 25 - Finalists and honorable mentions are announced and shared with stations
Week of June 1 - Winners announced

Go to npr.org/studentpodcastchallenge for more information and to read all the rules.