How Schools Can Help Kids With Anxiety
Best Audio Storytelling (Larger Newsroom)

Entry Credit

  • Katrina Schwartz, Reporter and Co-host
  • Julia Scott, Editor
  • Seth Samuel, Sound Designer 
  • Mindshift/KQED 

About the Entry

This podcast episode produced by Mindshift at KQED explored an increasingly common issue affecting education: how students’ feelings of anxiety affect how they learn. It told a story using  two students’ journeys through anxiety. 

Comments from the Judges

“A great, in-depth exploration of one of the most critical issues facing public schools: the mental health of their students, particularly students who struggle with anxiety. The episode brilliantly uses sound and music to help illustrate anxiety students may feel.” 

“A creative approach to a subject of growing importance in public education: anxiety disorders.The conversational tone keeps the listener engaged and helps bring the subject alive. Strong production values keep the reporting moving and invite the users to imagine what it’s like to deal with anxiety in school.​”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting.​