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Pulitzer Center Update October 24, 2023

‘Conversations With Sydney’ Podcast Wins Signal Awards

Conversations with Sydney

This podcast explores ways for families, schools, and communities to respond to teen mental health...

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Micah and Sydney Fink accept a Signal Award
Father-teen duo Micah and Sydney Fink accept a Signal Award, which honors podcasts. Image courtesy of Signal Awards. United States, 2023.

The Pulitzer Center-supported podcast Conversations With Sydney has won two awards at the second annual Signal Awards: second place for Individual Episodes—Best Indie Podcast and second place for Limited Series and Specials—Best Co-Host Team.

Conversations With Sydney, published by WBGO Studios and produced by father and teenager duo Micah and Sydney Fink, aims to break the stigma on teen mental health and suicide. Micah and Sydney discuss their personal experiences and bring in doctors, academics, and leaders in the field of mental health to explore effective ways to address the youth mental health crisis in the U.S. The podcast series raises questions for families and communities to be open and honest about mental health.

The awards were announced on October 10, 2023. Micah and Sydney Fink were honored at a reception in New York City on October 23.

“The winners of the second annual Signal Awards represent the best of the industry: those who are pushing boundaries, telling important stories, encouraging laughter, and reaffirming the overall power of podcasting and its ability to connect to listeners all over the world,” said Signal Awards Managing Director Deondric Royster.

The Signal Awards began in 2022 as “a new, comprehensive award initiative for podcasts.” In 2023, the competition received over 2,000 entries, making it one of the largest honors for podcasts in the world. Award winners were selected by the Signal Academy. View all of the award-winning podcasts here.

Listen to Conversations with Sydney here, and watch the Pulitzer Center’s webinar-on-demand about the project here.


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