NPR has launched the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. They are inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then – with the help of a teacher – compete for a chance to win the grand prize and have their work appear on NPR.
The contest is a chance for teachers and students in grades five through twelve across the country to turn your classrooms into production studios, your assignments into scripts, and your ideas into sound.
Here’s how it works: A student – with the help of a teacher – produces a podcast that is three to 12 minutes long. NPR says: “Have something to say? Now is your chance.”
Students do not need a lot of fancy equipment or a studio in order to enter the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. NPR states that students should be able to do this with just a smartphone and a computer, with easily available software.
Students also do not have to be an expert in radio production. NPR is offering lots of help for students and teachers. It’s a good idea to read through it before you begin creating a podcast. One important thing to know is that your podcast cannot include music.
NPR will open up the contest to entries on January 1, 2019, and close them on March 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Then, NPR’s panel of judges will pick two winners: one from grades five through eight, and one from grades nine through 12.
The winning podcasts will be featured in segments on NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered later in the spring of 2019.
NPR, a thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization that produces award-winning news, information and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public raido stations across the nation, is looking for a producer for their Planet Money podcast. Full details can be found at NPR Jobs.
Planet Money is a tight-knit, highly collaborative team producing one of the best and most popular podcasts around. We tell audio and web stories that explain complicated topics – in fun, creative ways. We’re expanding and trying some new things.
NPR is looking for a producer “who can do it all”: book big name and no name guests alike, mix a podcast fast, pitch smart angles nobody else has thought of, and hone in on the best fact hiding in an NBER working paper. They want someone who naturally enjoys thinking and talking about economics and business, and who has ambitious ideas for stories (and needs somewhere to try them).
Some responsibilities include:
- Find and produce original story ideas on a tight deadline
- Suggest and book guests for Hosts/Reporters to interview
- Prepare questions and approaches to interviews, maybe do them yourself
- Report stories for publication on podcast, web and broadcast
- Mix podcast episodes using digital audio editing software
- Write web and social media posts
- Reply to listener questions and social media comments
- Think strategically about audience development and execute the strategy down to the smallest detail
Some requirements include:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
- At least 4 years of production experience
- Audio editing experience in Pro Tools or equivalent program
- Ability and willingness to relocate
- Ability and willingness to work varied shifts
NPR added to its podcast lineup when it premiered What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito in July of 2017. The podcast is described as: “Your source for untold stories and undiscovered truths.”
The hosts of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito are Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia. They are featured in the film “Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives” from Saboteur Media. The film was released in 2015. Bobbito Garcia was the director, writer, and co-producer of the film. Music supervision was done by DJ Stretch Armstrong.
During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun, as well as an unknown Jay Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their show exceed 300 million. The late-night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well. All would loyally tune in for the offbeat humor just as much as the exclusive tunes. Stretch and Bobbito brought a unique audience together, and created a platform that changed music forever.
In the What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito podcast, hosts Stretch and Bobbito interview cultural influencers, bring their warmth, humor, and a fresh perspective. They discuss art, music, politics, sports, and what’s good.
The first episode features comedians Dave Chappelle and Donnell Rawlings., who preview their month long residency at Radio City Music Hall. Episode two features Oscar winning Mahershala Ali, who talks about his process for getting into character and how faith informs his work. The most recent episode (at time of writing) is Episode three, which features best-selling author Eddie Huang.
NPR is seeking a Sponsorship Audio Producer for National Public Media (NPM), which is the corporate sponsorship subsidiary of NPR. National Public Media is hiring a full-time audio producer to own the production of their new custom audio sponsorship format, Brand Soundscapes. These sponsorship messages will be featured in NPR and NPR digital platforms.
The successful candidate will be a creative, collaborative producer and interviewer who can successfully work with corporate sponsors to generate content that creates brand value while respecting NPR’s sponsorship storytelling aesthetic and guidelines. We are looking for someone who can bring fresh ideas to the world of audio sponsorship that will excite brands and engage with the audience. This position is an opportunity to build a new model for public media audio sponsorship.
NPR wants a candidate who has a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. They require candidates to have at least five years in experience in:
- Radio production experience on broadcast digital audio workstations
- Conducting interview and voicing creative
- Working with daily deadlines
- Copywriting experience
There is a long list of other skills and abilities that they would like to see in people who apply for the Sponsorship Audio Producer.
Essential duties include: produces audio creative for NPR sponsors, and manages production process for freelance producers. The ad states that NPR “offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package, including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for growth and development.”
Wow in the World is a new way for families to connect, look up, and discover the wonders in the world around them. It’s the first program produced by Tinkercast, which focuses on family friendly content. Wow in the World is distributed by NPR and will mark the first children’s program the public radio network has launched in its 47-year history.
Wow in the World will launch on May 15, 2017. It is hosted by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas. For nearly three years, Guy and Mindy co-hosted a Friday news segment on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel called Breakfast Blast Newscast. The segment went on to win the International New York Festivals Award for best children’s program in 2016.
Guy Raz is the award-winning host, co-creator, and editorial director of two of NPR’s most popular programs: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Both shows are heard by more than 14 million people each month around the world. Mindy Thomas is the Gracie Award winning host of the national, interactive Absolutely Mindy Show, heard weekday mornings on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live Channel.
Wow in the World will take kids (and their grown-ups) on a journey into the most incredible science and kid-friendly news stories of the week. Each episode begins with a series of questions that lead to an explanation about a new amazing scientific discovery or finding. Episodes will highlight some of the most exciting new research about space, dinosaurs, animals, technology, and human origins.
Podcasting is a medium that hasn’t traditionally been served well by shows that push the headlines of the day. Despite its on-demand nature, many podcasts are still downloaded and consumed later. Thus, a show carrying this format would have a very short shelf life. For a daily news show to be practical, it’d probably need to come from a source already trading in that kinda thing. Enter NPR’s new Up First podcast:
…Up First will publish every weekday by 6 a.m. EST and feature lively conversation about the day’s top news stories produced with the same journalistic DNA of Morning Edition. Hosts David Greene, Rachel Martin and Steve Inskeep will talk with NPR journalists and correspondents to preview the news that will drive the day.
NPR has promised that its Up First news show will be available in all of the typical podcast-listening places. If you’d like to get your morning news fix from NPR, you can subscribe to Up First in iTunes or listen to the show within the NPR One app.
If any organization can make a go of a daily news show, it’s NPR. Time will tell if it turns out to be a successful endeavor for the public radio juggernaut.
NPR and iHeartMedia announced an agreement that will allow NPR’s Member stations to make their live News Talk programing available via iHeartRadio. This partnership enables NPR’s Member stations to get more distribution, and adds content to iHeartRadio.
The agreement allows more than 260 NPR Member stations to have the opportunity to stream their live programing on iHeartRadio, which is available across more than 80 unique device platforms including in-home entertainment, wearables, gaming consoles, enhanced audio dashboards, and more. iHeartRadio has over a billion app downloads, more than 85 million registered users and its network reaches more than 85 million social followers.
Put that all together, and the partnership gives NPR Member stations the ability to reach millions of new listeners worldwide. Part of the agreement is that all NPR Member stations that join iHeartRadio will have access to 50% of their individual iHeartRadio landing page’s digital banner inventory to encourage listeners to donate and directly support the station’s public programing.
Public radio fans can visit iHeartRadio.com to check out all available News Talk programing. iHeartRadio offers instant access to thousands of live radio stations from across the country, custom artist stations from a catalog of more than 24 million songs and 830,000 artists, on-demand podcasts and a feature called “My Favorites Radio”, which combines all of a listener’s favorite artist and thumbed up songs in one station.
NPR has announced that the weekly broadcast production of the Best of Car Talk programs will end after September 30, 2017. That gives fans about a year to listen to this popular show.
NPR intends to make the 2016-2017 season of Best of Car Talk the best of the best. They will be editing and enhancing and programing the very best of the 30 year series.
Car Talk started as a program on WBUR in 1977, and its longtime home base was in Boston. The show gained listeners and then made its national debut with NPR in 1987. Car Talk has been produced at WBUR for all of its 39 years, a rather remarkable feat.
Car Talk ended production of brand-new episodes in 2012 with the retirement of the iconic hosts, Tom and Ray Magliozzi. The two brothers were mechanics and immensely enjoyable to listen to. They stepped away from the show when Tom Magliozzi’s health was declining. He died in 2014 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Today, Car Talk remains a favorite among more than 2.6 million loyal listeners every week. NPR says that stations that are interested in continuing to broadcast more traditional repeats of Car Talk after September 2017 will have the option to do so. Listeners will also be able to enjoy weekly podcasts of the 30-year series after September 30, 2017.
The Car Talk website, Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media will continue to both serve their existing audiences and, as NPR puts it “to provide opportunities for engagement for all listeners, on podcast or radio”. The Car Talk vehicle donation program will also continue.
It’s been almost six months since Google announced it would be adding podcasts to its Google Play Music service. Since then, a limited number of podcasts have trickled out thru the platform. It now appears that Google will officially launch the podcasting side of Google Play Music on Monday, April 18th. The launch date was discovered as part of an internal NPR e-mail that was leaked to the public. The date hasn’t been confirmed by Google representatives.
The internal NPR message allegedly contains this statement:
Google will launch podcasts on Android and other platforms next Monday, April 18, inside of Google Play Music, a streaming service similar to Apple Music. Please note: this information is embargoed and should not be shared or promoted externally until Monday. NPR has worked with Google to ensure that public radio is represented in the Google Play environment.
Given NPR’s monolithic presence in the podcast space, it seems logical that the organization would want to be prepared for the launch of a new platform carrying its programs. That gives some legitimacy to the nature of the e-mail. Considering how cagey Google has been about its entrance into podcasting, it’s hard to say what this information will mean for all podcasters.
If you haven’t yet submitted your own podcast to the Google Play Music directory, you can do so here.