2019 Best Audio Storytelling (Larger Staff) Winner

Katrina Schwartz (reporter and co-host), Julia Scott (editor) and Seth Samuel (sound designer) | Mindshift/KQED

About the Entry

This podcast episode produced by Mindshift at KQED explored an increasingly common issue affecting education: how students’ feelings of anxiety affect how they learn. It told a story using two students’ journeys through anxiety.

Comments from the Judges

“A great, in-depth exploration of one of the most critical issues facing public schools: the mental health of their students, particularly students who struggle with anxiety. The episode brilliantly uses sound and music to help illustrate anxiety students may feel.”

“A creative approach to a subject of growing importance in public education: anxiety disorders.The conversational tone keeps the listener engaged and helps bring the subject alive. Strong production values keep the reporting moving and invite the users to imagine what it’s like to deal with anxiety in school.​”