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National Audio Contest

American Student Radio (ASR) at Indiana University, is an Indiana contact for a national audio contest for high school students with This American Life’s Ira Glass.

This American Life is a national and international award-winning, public radio documentary show, one of the top iTunes podcasts, and host and creator Ira Glass is one of the most well known voices on National Public Radio stations across the country.

Check out the mp3 file that is an example that would be acceptable as a submission.

It was recorded on an iPhone and mixed in Audition. Any beginner would be able to record, write and produce this piece. ASR also has learning tools available (see download at the bottom of this post).

The contest theme is “color.” Entrants will produce a 2-3 minute audio piece on ethnicity, art, mood, music or anything else to do with color. Students can record on smartphones and edit with free software, and IU audio students can offer advice and instruction. (They would also like a picture that is relevant to the piece.)

The finalists will be chosen for pieces that demonstrate thoughtful recording and editing, storytelling skill and spirit. They will all get direct feedback from Ira Glass. One, two or three winners will be chosen by Glass himself, and will receive $100 to $300. All participants will be published on the ASR website.

The link below describes the contest submission page on the ASR website. Deadline is June 1, 2014.

For more information contact  Christina Moravec at or (812)447-5981 She is willing to help in any way. She would be willing to Skype to answer questions or talk to a class about the contest or audio storytelling in general.


Social Media Contest

A multi-agency task force is collaborating on a statewide anti-texting and driving campaign. Emphasizing DRIVE NOW. TXT L8R, the campaign will highlight the dangers of texting while driving, which has become one of the top driving distractions.

  • A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road when texting. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded.
  • Indiana law prohibits typing, sending, or reading text messages while driving.

State agencies involved in the DRIVE NOW. TXT L8R campaign include the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), Indiana State Police (ISP), , Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL).

The campaign has already begun. A social media contest encourages high school and college students to get creative, go viral and win a $5,000 scholarship! Visit to get more information.

The social media contest will run during the month of April, which is also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month as designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). You can also visit the Drive Now. TXT L8R booth at the Channel 13 Health and Fitness Expo on April 26or 27at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and check out the driving and texting simulator!

To download a list of ASR resources, click here.

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