With millions of students now out of school because of the coronavirus outbreak, it has thrown a potential monkey wrench into the timeline of NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge. NPR says it isn’t scrapping the contest, but it will push back the deadline. “We firmly believe all students should get the opportunity to finish what they started, so we are extending the deadline for the Student Podcast Challenge by two weeks,” it announced. The new submissions deadline is April 7.
In a blog post, the NPR team says they made the decision after hearing from teachers at schools that have closed and some who are busy preparing their students to go online for virtual classrooms. The new deadline will also impact NPR’s judging plans, but the network said it still hopes to complete the process and announce the winners by the end of April.
Nearly six thousand entries from more than 25,000 students in every state were submitted last year. The contest gives students an opportunity to have their podcast air on NPR radio shows “Morning Edition” or “All Things Considered.”