Let's Talk About Election 2020.

Teachers: You are invited to join the KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let's Talk About Election 2020. Middle and high school educators across the U.S. are empowering students to share their take on issues that matter to them. Learn how your students can create and publish audio or video commentaries for a national audience.
The Election 2020 media challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.
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All voices welcome!

The KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let's Talk About Election 2020 gives middle and high school students an opportunity to put their persuasive skills to work in front of a real audience. Each student will:
  • Choose an election-related issue that matters to them
  • Write an evidence-based commentary on the issue
  • Share their personal experience and authentic voice
  • Create their audio or video commentary
  • Publish their audio or video commentary on the Election 2020 challenge showcase page (launching in January 2020)
  • Practice critical 21st century skills aligned with Common Core, NGSS, ISTE and CEWAC Standards
The Election 2020 showcase will be open from January-November 2020 and will be hosted right here on KQED Learn. Starting in January, students will be able to publish their video and audio commentaries to the showcase where they will be seen by the public. Select pieces will be featured on PBS and NPR member stations.
Step 1
Get Ready
Step 2
Produce Stories
Step 3
Publish and Share

1. Get Ready

Sign up for KQED Learn to participate in Let's Talk About Election 2020. This will keep you up to date with all the latest Challenge news and opportunities. (It will also give you access to the regular features of KQED Learn.) If you are already registered on KQED Learn, no need to register again.
Next Steps:

2. Produce Stories

Everything you need to get your students started is in the Student Handout Packet (in the Curricular Resources Toolbox). Kick off the project and get students excited with these key resources:

3. Publish and Share

The Election 2020 challenge showcase will be open for submissions from January-November 2020.
When your students are ready to publish their commentaries to the Election 2020 challenge showcase, you'll need to add them to KQED Learn. Just go to your dashboard and add a new class. Then:
  • Share student commentaries with your school, local communities and networks. All submissions will be visible in the online showcase during the submission period and after it closes.
  • Discuss student commentaries from around the country by having your students log in to KQED Learn and comment on media submitted by their peers.

Join classrooms across the country and let the nation know what your students think about election issues that will impact their lives.

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