September 14, 2012
Engage in Democracy 2012

Engage in Democracy 2012

National Student Competition Open for Entries

Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge, a nonprofit project that encourages students from kindergarten through 12th grade to participate in the democratic process, is sponsoring a video contest where youths can share stories from their communities about issues that are prevalent in the 2012 presidential election.

Entries are now being accepted at The competition will close at midnight Nov. 5, 2012. Early entries could be featured on and media outlets around the country. Winners will be announced Dec. 21, 2012.

Students are asked to create a two-minute video using smartphones, tablets or stand-alone cameras on one of six topics:

  • Voter turnout
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Education reform
  • Health care
  • Energy and the environment
  • Immigration

All entries will be divided by region and grade category. The top three national winners will receive an award worth up to $1,000. Videos will be judged for accuracy and fairness, as well as how interesting and informative they are.

Students will also have the opportunity to become student ambassadors as part of the project’s Student Ambassadors Program. The 10 ambassadors from around the country who motivate the most students from their schools and community organizations to participate in the challenge may each receive an award worth up to $500.

Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge is supported by the Media Arts Institute based in Eugene, Ore., and is supported by the Newseum. 

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