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November 1, 2012

Election-Focused National Video Competition Extends Deadline to January 19, 2013

New deadline will allow for more entries and provide educators with ample time to incorporate the challenge into their curriculum.

Eugene, ORE. – The Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge, a video competition geared for K-12 students, has recently extended its deadline for entries to midnight on Jan. 19, 2013. Challenge organizers made this decision to both allow students more time to create and submit their entries, and to provide educators with sufficient time to integrate the challenge into their curriculum. This election season has been particularly dramatic, and the Engage 2012 Organizing Committee felt that in the interest of good journalistic storytelling, the deadline should be stretched to Jan. 19, 2013, the day before the elected President must take his Oath of Office. The President’s public inauguration will take place on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Understanding that younger and inexperienced students may have trouble executing some of the more technical aspects of digital non-fiction storytelling, the organizing committee is also encouraging these students to create simple video entries that ask a member of members of their community the question,  “If you could say one thing to the President, what would it be?” The entry must still fall into one of the challenge’s six categories to be eligible to win the competition. The categories include: Voter Turnout; Jobs and the Economy; Energy and the Environment; Education Reform; Health Care; and Immigration. Selected winners will receive Adobe software.

To further guide K-12 students in taking the challenge, Engage 2012 is calling on college journalism students from journalism and communication schools throughout the country to visit K-12 classrooms in their communities, where they will mentor students on capturing video and audio with their cameras or smartphones, as well as impart basic storytelling techniques. The Engage 2012 website provides a step-by-step guide for college journalists interested in mentoring students to take the challenge.

The challenge tasks K-12 students with making short videos about issues in their community relating to hot-button election topics. For more information, visit www.engage2012.org.

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October 10, 2012

Election-Centered Video Competition Announces Prizes For Winning Entries

Chosen winners will receive Adobe editing software.

Eugene, ORE. – The Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge, a national video competition designed for K-12 students, has recently announced prizes for selected winners. In addition to a certificate of recognition, students who produce winning entries will receive editing software from Adobe, one of the competition’s major supporters.

Winners in the K-5 and 6-8 grade categories will each receive a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements, valued at $149. Winners in the 9 – 12 grade categories who submit winning entries will each receive a copy of Adobe Production Premium, valued at $1899.

In addition, prizes have been announced for those participating in the competition’s Student Ambassador Program. Student Ambassadors who recruit the most participants from their school or community to submit entries will receive a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements, valued at $49.

The challenge tasks students with making short videos about issues in their community relating to hot-button election topics. The deadline for entries has been extended to January 19, 2013 to accommodate for more entries. For more information, visit www.engage2012.org.

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September 7, 2012

National Student Video Competition Opens for Entries

Competition challenges K-12 students to share stories from their communities about election topics.

Eugene, ORE. – Today marks the beginning of the open-entry period for the Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge, a non-profit project supported by the Media Arts Institute that asks K-12 students living in the United States and its territories to create two-minute videos about election topics for the chance to win an award valued at up to $1,000.

Participating students will be tasked with sharing stories from their communities that address one of six topics relevant to the 2012 presidential election:

  1. Voter Turnout
  2. Jobs and the Economy
  3. Education Reform
  4. Health Care
  5. Energy and the Environment
  6. Immigration

Entries will be divided by region and grade category. Three winners will receive an award worth up to $1,000 in value.

Students can submit their entries at www.engage2012.org. The competition will close at midnight on Nov. 5, 2012. Winners will be announced on Dec. 21, 2012.

To increase participation in their schools and communities, students will also have the opportunity to become Student Ambassadors as part of the project’s Student Ambassadors Program. The ten Ambassadors who motivate the most students from their schools and community organizations to participate in the challenge will each receive an award worth up to $500 in value.

The project has garnered support from several high-profile organizations, including YouTube, the ABC News digital division, The Harnisch Foundation, Adobe, Baruch College of The City University of New York, the Student Press Law Center and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

The Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge was founded in the spring of 2012 by leaders and educators from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, the Media Arts Institute, Baruch College and the Alliance for Excellent Education. The project will be administered by educators from the University of Oregon, Baruch College, the Media Arts Institute and by student leaders from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

The project’s primary goals are to motivate K-12 students to participate in the democratic process, include student voices in national discussions surrounding election topics and encourage curiosity, exploration and creativity in both children and adults throughout the nation.

More information about the Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge is available at www.engage2012.org.

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