NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Hello, and thanks for your interest in this year's NPR Student Podcast Challenge! This is your chance to make your voice heard and represent Eldorado nationally. Please review the information below and let Mr. Riesel ( know if you have any questions.

Some information within courtesy of

Mr. Riesel's Welcome Video


NPR is inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.

Here's how it works: Put together a podcast. Then Mr. Riesel will submit it to the competition. The winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered!

Important Stuff

The following resources and forms are necessary/important to enter the competition:

Example Topics

  1. Tell us a story about your school or community: about something that happened there — recently or in the past — that your audience should know about.
  2. What is a moment in history that all students should learn about?
  3. Show us both sides of a debate about an issue that's important to you.
  4. What do you want to change about the world? What's a big change that you want to make in the future?
  5. Explain something to us that kids understand and grown-ups don't.

~or choose your own!~

Using WeVideo for Podcasts

Begin at, then click Log In and click Log In With Google to use your BVSD account.

Final projects should be exported as "audio only".

Mr. Riesel can help you out!!!

Specific Example Episodes Worth Listening To

So Chocolate Bar 
Kind World Podcast

Take a look at the script - you should plan on writing one for your podcast as well. How does this episode make you feel? How is sound used to enhance the story? How can interviews be used to tell a story?

Reporting Live From Miami: A Bunch Of Fourth-Graders Tell Their Teacher's Story

What do you notice about the structure of this podcast? What makes it effective? Did they utilize many different speakers well?

Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger
How I Built This Podcast

Notice the use of subtle background music versus the theme music. Listen to how voice snippets from interviews are used. 

Some Great Example Podcasts

The Students' Podcast

Learn some important podcasting skills from this podcast!

Each episode provides a great explanation about a new topic.

Interested in science? Hear answers to listeners' most riveting questions.

Listen to Past Competition Winners

2020 Winners
2019 Winners

Frequently Asked Questions