BendBroadband/C-SPAN Challenge Students
to Compete in National Documentary Contest
This Year’s Theme: A Message to the U.S. Congress
*** $100,000 in prizes to be awarded ***
Bend, Oregon – BendBroadband and C-SPAN are challenging students to grab their video cameras and tell Congress what should top its agenda in 2014.
In partnership with BendBroadband, C-SPAN is calling for entries in its 2014 StudentCam competition. Now in its tenth year, C-SPAN’s national contest invites students in middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) to produce five- to seven-minute video documentaries using C-SPAN programming. BendBroadband has been a proud local sponsor of StudentCam since 2008.
The theme of this year’s documentaries is, “A Message to the U.S. Congress: What’s the Most Important Issue Congress Should Consider in 2014?”
This year C-SPAN has doubled the number of prizes it’s awarding as well as the size of its prize purse. The C-SPAN Education Foundation supports the contest by awarding $100,000 in cash prizes. The foundation will grant 150 student awards and 53 teacher awards. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000. Multiple prizes of $3,000, $1,500, $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded to students in both school categories.
This year high school students are competing on a regional level; the U.S. is divided into three regions for the contest. Middle school students will continue to be judged on a national basis. The grand prize will be awarded to the best overall entry. For complete rules and a breakdown of the regions, go to www.studentcam.org.
The deadline for submitting entries is Jan. 20, 2014. Winners will be announced in March. C-SPAN will air the top winning videos in April. For complete competition details and entry instructions, go to www.studentcam.org.
Entries must represent varying points of view, and include C-SPAN video that supports the documentary’s topic. Students, working alone or in groups of up to three, can upload their entry form and videos directly online at www.studentcam.org. Documentaries must be the original work of students; however, teachers may provide guidance and critiques.
The documentaries will be judged by a panel of C-SPAN representatives and educators, and evaluated on a number of criteria, including the thoughtful examination of the competition’s theme, quality of expression, adherence to the time limit, inclusion of varying points of view, and use of C-SPAN programming.
BendBroadband is a family-owned local company serving Central Oregon since 1955. A leader in the cable and broadband sectors, the company offers an extensive range of broadband, fiber connectivity, cable television and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Central Oregon facilities include more than 2,000 miles of fiber and coax infrastructure. Services include metropolitan optical ethernet, T-1/PRI and hosted PBX services. High-speed Internet options provide speeds of up to 100 Mbps, with 1 GigE offerings available. In 2011, the company opened the BendBroadband Vault, a Tier III, SSAE 16, LEED Gold, Energy Star-certified data center with hosted storage for primary site and disaster recovery needs, equipment colocation and managed services. BendBroadband was among the first companies in the United States to convert to a 100 percent digital video signal. The company offers a spectrum of video services, including multiroom DVR and TV Everywhere service to tablets and mobile devices. BendBroadband focuses its corporate contributions and sponsorship efforts on youth programs and an array of arts and entertainment activities in Central Oregon. Through its Zolo Media division, the company provides extensive local sports coverage, features and civic programming.
About C-SPAN Classroom
StudentCam (twitter.com/studentcam) is sponsored by C-SPAN Classroom, www.c-spanclassroom.org (www.twitter.com/cspan_classroom), a free membership service dedicated to support educators’ use of C-SPAN programming in their classes or for research. Members of C-SPAN Classroom may access free Timely Teachable Videos and video clips for use in the classroom, as well as lesson plans, handouts, and ways to connect with other C-SPAN Classroom members. C-SPAN Classroom has reached more than one million students since its inception in 1987.
Created by the cable TV industry and now in over 100 million TV households, C-SPAN programs three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C-SPAN Radio, heard in Washington, DC, at 90.1 FM, nationwide via XM Satellite Radio Channel 119, and via the C-SPAN Radio app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry users; and a video-rich website which hosts the C-SPAN Video Library. Visit http://www.c-span.org or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @cspan.
Shelby Little, BendBroadband Marketing
Pam McGorry in C-SPAN’s Education Department
Laura Finch in C-SPAN’s Media Relations Department