2013 Video Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Our Media, Your Business Video Contest!
Please see them here: nwaresponsiblemedia.org/video-contest-winners

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As part of Our Kids Our Business month in April, we are sponsoring a video contest for high school and college students in the Inland Northwest region on the theme:

How do media impact the well-being of children and youth?

Address the impact of messages via mass media, such as television, print, radio, web and social media sites. Your video may build awareness, advocate a solution, or both.

The top three high school and top three college entries will be awarded cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Deadline for entries is March 29, 2013. Please download and review Competition Rules and Frequently Asked Questions, also included below. We have also included several examples student-produced work below.

Download a Video Contest – Flyer (PDF)  to download, read, and print to share with young people in your community.

Competition Rules

  1. Your video may focus on any aspect of media.
  2. Each entry should reflect the theme: How does media impact the well-being of our children and youth?
  3. Students under 18 will be considered for the high school prize. Students 18-21 will be considered for the college prize.
  4. The video should be no longer than 3 minutes.
  5. Limited use of copyrighted materials will be permitted in the entry so long as it is a lawful or “fair use.” Visit U.S. Copyright Office – Fair Use for a complete definition.
  6. Entrants must give credit to all sources used to create the video in end credits.
  7. Only one entry per person, whether individual or team participation.
  8. School staff may provide guidance and critiques but may not participate in the production of the video. If a teacher acts as an advisor, the name should be listed on the entry form.
  9. Entries must be uploaded by midnight at the end of the day on March 29, 2013.
  10. All entries become the property of NW-ARM. Entrants grant permission to NWARM to use their names, likenesses, and entries for promotional purposes related to NWARM and its activities. By submitting an entry, entrants agree that their entries are original works of art and does not violate the property rights of any other person. Entrants agree to grant NWARM the right to distribute, televise, exhibit, or otherwise use entries in various media.
  11. Prize recipients will be determined by judges and selected by NWARM. Judges’ decision will be final. If a team’s entry wins, NWARM will divide the prize money equally among the team members.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my video include?

Your video should address the contest’s central question: How does media impact the well-being of our children and youth? Be sure to make the video under 3 minutes.

Your video might include:

  • Interviews
  • Music
  • Graphics
  • Animation
  • Still images
  • Narration

How many students can enter as a team?

Students may enter the contest individually or work in teams of up to 3. If an entry is awarded to a team, the prize money will be split evenly among the team members.

How do I access a video camera or editing equipment?


Ask at your school if there is equipment available. You may also try contacting local libraries or organizations, such as TINCAN that offer video production classes. Many smartphones have video cameras built in already. And, libraries will have access to computers that may have moviemaking software.

How will the videos be judged?

The judges will assess the overall content and presentation. While technical quality is important, judges will also look at the overall message and how well it addresses the central theme.

Some of the criteria that judges will use are:

  • Success is addressing the contest theme
  • Quality of expression and creativity

When is the deadline?

Videos must be received by midnight on March 29, 2013.

How do I submit my video?

Email a link to your YouTube video with a completed Our Media Your Business Entry Form to nwresponsiblemedia@gmail.com.

You should also mail your video on a DVD to:

NWARM, c/o Carolyn Cunningham
Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
MSC 2616
Spokane, WA 99258

How can I get answers if I still have questions?

If you have further questions, send an email to nwresponsiblemedia@gmail.com.

When will the winners be announced?

We will announce winners in April.

Sample Videos

Check out a few student-produced YouTube videos for guidance.

South Jefferson High School Media Literacy Students-Constantly Learning
NOTE – Video includes interviews, narration, music, and credits. Excellent use of video editing tools.

Media Literacy
NOTE – Technically competent example of college-level work, but breaks copyright with music selection. Check out Creative Commons Legal Music for Videos to find royalty-free, legally licensed music.

The Negative Impacts of Mass Media on Teens
NOTE – Demonstrates understanding of fair use with images and music, but does not include credits or citations to support the statements made in the video.

Russian River Watershed Association – High School Video Contest 2012
NOTE – While not related to issues of media literacy, the compilation of videos demonstrate an excellent use of animation, narration, and music.

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