NPR Student Podcast Challenge Workshop


Do you love podcasts or storytelling? Would you like to learn more about the production of audio stories? Do you attend college? Do you know students between the 5th and 12th grade?

If so, consider participating in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. NPR is inviting students across the country to submit audio storytelling as a podcast and then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win a grand prize and have your work featured on NPR. And KNKX wants to help you succeed! That’s why we’re offering our own NPR Podcast Challenge Workshop. The workshop will give you audio storytelling tips, tools and tricks from expert content creators – KNKX reporter Grace Madigan and musician and sound engineer Doug Mackey – so you can create a submission to remember!

This virtual workshop will be offered on Zoom at 4:00 p.m. February 16, 2022, and is free to all teachers, students, and community members interested in participating in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge and/or the NPR College Podcast Challenge.


KNKX is not responsible for sending contest entries. Please review NPR’s podcast challenge rules here: Contest For Students in grades 5 through 12 and for college students to learn more.

About the trainers

Grace Madigan is an arts and culture reporter at KNKX. Previously, she was an editor and director at The Ever Grey, and part-time Assistant Producer at KEXP. She contributed International Examiner, Seattle Weekly, Seattle Met, and Edible Seattle. She created a four-part podcast about Bengaluru, India when she was an intern there and covered a series on women’s football. At UW, where she attended college, she was a podcast editor and presenter, and her work was a finalist for an SPJ Mark of Excellence award.

Doug Mackey

A native of Tacoman, Doug Mackey is the owner and operator of Moon Yard Recording Studio, where he produces a variety of projects including music, audio books and podcasts. In addition to founding the Channel 253 Podcast Network, he produced podcasts for Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Puget Sound, and UW Tacoma, and taught podcasting at both the Annie Wright Schools and online for the Tacoma Public Library.

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