2022 Audio Storytelling (Smaller Newsroom) Finalists

See finalists listed in alphabetical order.

Jess Clark, Stephanie Wolf, Rebecca Feldhaus Adams, Clare Roth & Laura Ellis


A Critical Moment

Comments From the Judges:

“The piece was a compelling take on the culture wars, one which successfully sought out new ground in the well-trodden culture wars debate. The comparison with education about the Nazis in Germany is both apt and painful, since the U.S. was so instrumental in pushing post-war Germany to deal with the past.”

“By including student and teacher voices from around the world, they helped create an emotional connection to the topic for the listener. This story included information about the history of critical race theory and battles over curricula in public education that I haven’t seen in other stories.”

Mira Gordon & Taylor McGraw

The Bell

Season Six: In Our Own Voices

Comments From the Judges:

“Love the narrator introducing herself in the first episode, the impact the other students’ stories had on her and her takeaway message. Throughout the series, I appreciated the students’ honesty and vulnerability and great writing that brought the scenes to life. Love how the data was interwoven into the storytelling in episode three. This is a powerful series.”

“I was very impressed that these high school students were able to report and produce these stories in addition to their academic and personal responsibilities!”

Nevaeh Nez, Camille Leihulu Slagle, Reuben Kitto Stately, Archie Yellow & Sasha Aslanian

American Public Media

Standing in Two Worlds: Native American College Diaries

Comments From the Judges:

“This was such an important project. It shows how many voices are often left out of our discussion of race and education, and how different our experiences are in navigating the world.”

“Great scene tape and music/singing, interesting perspectives, made me think, loved the students speaking in their Indigenous languages and conducting the interviews, the running [ambient noise] underneath the third student was powerful.”