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Challenge | 1-2 Days

AUDIO RAPID RESPONSE - Real Talk: This Is How I Feel



In the inaugural season of Student Reporting Labs (SRL)’s podcast On Our Minds, we collected the stories of teens across the country who grappled with various mental health challenges.

In the run up to season 2, we are looking for short, audio reflections from students about teen mental health. Submissions will be considered for new episodes of On Our Minds with Matt & Faiza.


Your challenge is to produce a 3-5 minute AUDIO clip based on your OR a friend's personal experience with mental health.




  1. Find a quiet location at home or school.
  2. Use your phone or computer’s recorder app to record AUDIO ONLY:
    1. Voice Memo app (iPhone/Mac)
    2. Quicktime (Mac)
    3. Recorder app (Android)
    4. Sound Recorder app (PC)
  3. Keep your phone (or computer) about 12 inches away from your mouth.
  4. Use the following questions as a guide. Answer in complete sentences rephrasing the question in the answer (see suggestions below).
  5. Listen back to your recording to check audio quality.
  6. Use this SUBMISSION FORM to submit your audio file. Select “RAPID RESPONSE: MENTAL HEALTH” under prompt name.
  7. Sign our media release if you or your subject are under 18.


If you interview a friend or peer, be sure to ask PERMISSION to record their story. Share WHY you are collecting their story and HOW it will be used. Make sure they sign the media release form and get parent/guardian consent. If they are anonymous, please email


Record extra natural sounds that might give your story more visuals for the listener. Consider recording footsteps, locker closing, bell ringing (if you're at school). If the subject talks about sports, consider including sounds that evoke the sport.]

Go HERE to see interview questions to consider.


A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood). It can also be a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

Source: Merriam Webster


The condition of having or being composed of differing elements. Especially in the context of the inclusion of people of different races, cultures, etc. in a group or organization

Source: Merriam Webster


The act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability)

Source: Merriam Webster


Immediate, current information and events are newsworthy because they have just recently occurred. It’s news because it’s “new.”


Awareness of the elements of environment through physical sensation or intuitive cognition. A capacity for comprehension and understanding.

Source: Merriam Webster

Human Interest

People are interested in other people. Everyone has something to celebrate and something to complain about. We like unusual stories of people who accomplish amazing feats or handle a life crisis because we can identify with them.


People are attracted to information that helps them make good decisions. If you like music, you find musician interviews relevant. If you’re looking for a job, the business news is relevant. We need to depend on relevant information that helps us make decisions.

Story Angle

In news, it’s a story’s point or theme. It's the lens through which the producer or writer filters the information they have gathered and focuses it to make it meaningful to viewers or readers.

Source: ThoughCo.


A conversation between two or more people where the purpose is to gather information and facts. The interviewer asks questions and the interviewee provides information based on their knowledge about a specific topic or issue.


A digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series.

Audio Scene

A recording of something going on (versus an interview).

Note: Think b-roll but for audio.


An account of past or current events. In journalism, stories are presented with a combination of people, facts, and typically includes a beginning, middle and end.


A person or other physical being in a narrative. Stories are made up of different characters who provide information and help shape the narrative with their knowledge, experience and perspective.


The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. A generally definition is the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. In media-making, creators can have empathy for their subjects and the audience can empathize with the characters.


A short extract or clip from a recorded interview, chosen for its relevance to the story, pungency or appropriateness.


A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

Natural sound

Sounds produced in their actual setting. Natural sound, commonly known as NAT sound, puts the viewer in the place the story was told by enhancing the scene(s) with video containing rich audio such as a musician singing at a train station, a storm approaching, or the sound of a tractor plowing the field.


A word-for-word document of what was said in a conversation or interview


A person who gives an account or tells the story of events, experiences, etc. In news, it is the person who adds spoken commentary to the video news story.


The main person or character in a story. There can be multiple subjects in a story. The subject can also be the main theme of your story.


A desire to learn and know about something or anything.

Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Demonstrate technical support related to media production (e.g., broadcast, video, web, mobile).

Evaluate technological advancements and tools that are essential to occupations within the Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster.

Analyze the lifestyle implications and physical demands required in the arts, audio/visual technology and communications workplace.

Demonstrate the use of basic tools and equipment used in audio, video and film production.

Analyze the legal and ethical responsibilities required in the arts, audio/visual technology and communications workplace.

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. (ISTE)

Global Collaborator

Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. (ISTE)

Speaking and Listening - Comprehension and Collaboration



Active Prompts


Stereotypes and Misconceptions

Race and Justice


Mental Health







Mobile Phone




Estimated Time

1-2 Days