The media has been playing an important role in helping to create a democratic culture. Its presence in a democratic country is as important as politic leaders. The decision of people regarding choosing their leaders mostly depends on the news that the media provide them. They also serve as watchdogs and reveal the errors and wrongdoings by the people in power, and expose those who are involved in scam and crime. They keep us informed of the incidents and work taking place in the country. Keeping the importance of media in mind, Democracy & Me has come up with a fantastic student voices competition. This contest is open for students only.
All the participants will be asked to share their thoughts through video, essay or other creative format on the role of media in our democracy. The prompt for this year is, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” The contest will choose candidates for two places: first and runner up. The award amount ranges from $500 to $1,000. This contest is designed to encourage young students to come up with their thoughts about the media and share them through their creative work. Democracy & Me wants to help students enhance their creativity and express their ideas well, and gain recognization.
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|Organization||Democracy & Me|
|Educational Level||8 to 12 grade students|
|Number of Awards||N/A|
|Application Deadline||April 9, 2021|
|Requirements||Submission can be in writing, audio, video, or other creative format.|
Who May Be Eligible
Students entering the competition must be attending school or home school and in grades 8 to 12. Employees of WVXU, Cincinnati Public Radio, its affiliated radio stations and their respective affiliated and subsidiary companies, partners and members of the immediate families or households of such employees are not eligible.
How to Apply
To apply for this contest, candidates will have to fill out an online application form that requires all correct and complete information. Aspirants will be automatically entered in the competition when they provide their name, and email address, school and teacher knowledge and upload their entry via this submission form
Candidates can create their work in writing, audio, video, or other creative format. Essays must be a student’s original work and no longer than 500 words. Audio or video entries can be no longer than 3 minutes. For artwork, up to 3 pieces on a single theme may be submitted. Entries can also be sent by mail. Accompanying the entry must be the student’s name, email address, school, and teacher’s information. Submission must be forwarded to Democracy & Me Student Voices Competition, WVXU, 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati OH, 45214.
Democracy & Me will offer two $1,000 scholarships: one for a written essay and one for an entry in another format such as audio, video, or artwork. Apart from this, one additional $500 scholarship will be granted to an outstanding runner-up in any category; another $500 “Freedom Friends’ Choice” scholarship will go to the student receiving top marks from Democracy & Me intern team. The award may be used for educational purposes.
The application deadline is April 9, 2021. If you are looking forward to participating in this program, then consider this date.