About our podcast

Every year, News Decoder produces the News Decoder Podcast (formerly known as The Kids Are Alrightan international youth-led podcast — in collaboration with our media partner Podium.me. The News Decoder Podcast is entirely student-led. From the format and structure to the design of the logo, young people from around the world leave their mark on this one-of-a-kind podcast.

A different student leads every episode and each season features a new team of students. The episodes are published on Apple, Spotify, Soundcloud and News Decoder’s news site, and every episode is transcribed to ensure accessibility.

You can read or listen to past episodes here.

Get involved

Each year, we assemble a team of student reporters to produce the latest season of the News Decoder Podcast. If you’re interested in getting involved, read on.

Who can apply?

You! All students at our partner schools are eligible to apply. We explain how to apply below.

What will I do?

Student reporters handle a range of responsibilities. They write scripts, conduct and transcribe interviews, edit the audio recordings and work with professional editors.

We prioritize storytelling with local reporting and in-person interviews. Episodes are 10 to 15 minutes and take listeners to the heart of a complex issue.

What is the timeline and commitment?

We are currently assembling the 2021 podcast team. We are accepting applications until April 16, 2021.

Students will be expected to file their audio files and transcriptions by the end of May 2021.

When and how can I apply?

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 season. By or before April 16, 2021, at 23:59 CET / 17:59 U.S. Eastern, please send an email to News Decoder’s Communications and School Engagement Manager Tendayi Chirawu with your responses to the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to make a podcast?
  2. What are your favorite podcasts and why?
  3. If you were to create your own 10-minute podcast, what would it be about? Who would you talk to? How would you do it?

The strongest applicants will be selected. Every applicant will receive a response indicating whether they have been selected to participate in this year’s News Decoder Podcast.