Wanted: A Gen Z Podcast Who Cares About Democracy

Nevins is co-publisher of The Fulcrum and co-founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bridge Alliance Education Fund.

Generation Z, or young Americans born after 1996, make up one-tenth of eligible voters in the 2020 election. This percentage will grow significantly in 2024.

Engaging this generation of citizens in the democratic process will determine the direction of our democracy for decades to come. We know that Gen Z is more racially and ethnically diverse than any previous generation and is on track to be the most educated generation in American history. They are also more digitally savvy and have little memory of the pre-smartphone world.

Podcasts are the perfect way to engage Gen Z, as technology already drives them to keep going unless they get involved right away. Podcasts are handy, great at exploring complex topics in an accessible way, and when done right, can be hugely appealing to Gen Zers.

One way to do this is to have Gen Z make podcasts for Gen Z. With that in mind, Democracy, a group of 17 podcasts about democracy and civic engagement, has launched a new initiative to help high school and college students make their voices heard on relevant topics.

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The network’s podcast scholarship will pair students with mentors from democratic groups to develop a podcast concept and record trailers and at least one full episode. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, students have access to a library of on-demand content to learn how to produce and tweet podcasts that build community and provide educational value to listeners.

“This scholarship will give younger generations the opportunity to share their perspectives and help bridge the generational divide in politics,” said Jenna Spinell, founder of Democracy. “I’m excited to hear what the students think.”

Scholarships are open to any high school or college student or group of students working as a team. The application deadline is October 21, and acceptance letters will be sent on November 28. The first batch of students will begin the program in January.

Democracy Group is an initiative of Penn State’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy. The programme is supported by a gift from Bridge Alliance (which runs The Fulcrum). Working with Tink Media and Mucktracker, The Democracy Group’s ability to share expertise in podcast marketing and production is impressive.

The Fulcrum encourages our Gen Z readers to learn more about how they can apply at demologygroup.org/fellowship and become a generation that participates and participates in the development of democracy in this century.

The future of our democracy depends on the participation of young Americans, and we must do what we can to inspire, encourage, and educate young leaders to become the citizens our country needs.America is stronger if we use our civic voices to strengthen our democracy

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