C-SPAN Announces 2019 StudentCam Documentary Competition: "What Does it Mean to be American?"

Awarding $100K in Cash Prizes to Winners

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C-SPAN's StudentCam competition returns for its 15th year asking students: — “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AMERICAN? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience." In coordination with our cable and satellite partners, C-SPAN invites all middle and high school students to enter the contest, which awards $100,000 in cash prizes.

The C-SPAN Education Foundation awards 150 student and 53 teacher prizes. The grand-prize winner will receive $5,000, and multiple cash prizes of $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250 will be awarded to students in first, second and third places and honorable mention categories.

"No matter the subject of study, StudentCam challenges students to think about issues of national significance," said Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN Education Relations Manager. "Every student is certain to have an opinion on what it means to be American, and we're excited to offer students this opportunity to discuss characteristics of democracy, liberty, justice, diversity, unity, individualism and other rights or shared values."

Competition Guidelines

 Middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) may compete individually or in teams consisting of two or three members. Documentaries must be the original work of students; however, teachers may provide guidance and critiques only.

 All documentaries must include C-SPAN video clips that thoroughly support the chosen topic and are used effectively within the documentary.

 Winning StudentCam documentaries will comprehensively represent a variety of viewpoints related to the chosen topic, including those that may oppose the filmmakers' points of view.

 Documentaries must be between 5-6 minutes in length.

 Entries must include sources, either in the end credits or an emailed works cited list.

 Video submissions and entry forms can be uploaded directly online at www.studentcam.org.

 Deadline for students to submit entries is midnight PST, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

The documentaries will be judged by a panel of C-SPAN representatives and educators. High school students will compete on a regional level, with the U.S. divided into three regions: West, Central and East. Middle school students will be judged on a national basis. The grand-prize winner with the best overall entry will be selected nationally from both middle and high school entries.

Winners will be announced in March 2019, with the top winning videos to air on C-SPAN in April 2019. Competition details are available at www.studentcam.org.

Students and teachers can stay up to date with StudentCam on Twitter and Facebook @studentcam and Instagram @cspanstudentcam

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About C-SPAN Classroom:
C-SPAN Classroom is the network’s FREE membership service that works with C-SPAN's programs on public affairs, coverage of Congress, non-fiction books and American history to create free resources for teachers, students and the public to use in classrooms, projects or for research. C-SPAN Classroom’s website provides social studies teachers with access to thousands of free resources, including short current events videos, Lesson Plans and Bell Ringers, plus Constitution Clips and On This Day in History events. Follow C-SPAN Classroom on Twitter and Facebook: @CSPANClassroom.

About C-SPAN:
Created by the cable TV industry and now in nearly 100 million TV households, C‐SPAN programs three commercial-free public affairs television networks; C‐SPAN Radio, heard in Washington, D.C., at 90.1 FM and available as an App; and C-SPAN.org, a video‐rich website offering live coverage of government
events and access to the vast archive of C‐SPAN programming.

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