Feb 14, 2019

The New York Times Learning Network - Podcast Challenge

  • Crimson Education
  • Worldwide, China
Multiple Competition Skill Building


The New York Times hosts different contests every year as an essential part of its mission of “teaching and learning with The New York Times.” Via essays, editorials, political cartoons, photography, videos, poetry, podcasts or culture reviews, NYT aims to hear from teenagers around the world on the issues and ideas of the day.

Since 2018, some of our winning student work has been featured in print in a new quarterly Times education section.

Podcast Challenge

Imagine yourself — or, perhaps, you and your friends — as hosts of your own podcast. What would you talk about?

Maybe you’d tell a story, perhaps about a childhood memory, an experience that changed your life, or a bad romance. Or maybe you’d rather interview guests about a topic you’re exploring, whether a news-related issue like gun violence or gender roles, or a hobby, passion or concern of your own? Or, maybe you’d just like to have a conversation — about pop culture, sports, food, fashion, technology, politics, or, if you’re stuck, any of these 1,000-plus topics we’ve rounded up to inspire you.

In this, our podcast challenge, we invite teenagers to submit original work or podcast of five minutes or less, to inform and entertain listeners. Our favourites will then be featured on The Learning Network.

For more information visit the official website here.


Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




In 2018, there were 675 submissions -- 10 winners, 7 runner-ups, 9 Honorable Mentions

Participation Cost


Minimum Technical Skill Needed

Recording and editing, language

Rubric here

Time Commitment


Application Deadline

May 19, 2020

Application Process Includes

Upload your podcast to a third-party site so our judges can listen.Choose a host for your podcast. Many free options exist, such as SoundCloud, Buzzsprout, Podomatic and Spreaker. Make sure the privacy settings are set to public, so our judges can listen.

Provide a short written summary as part of your submission. Your summary will help us quickly understand what happens during your podcast.