2022-23 Video Contest!
Every year, we hold a video contest to give your students an opportunity to express themselves and win great prizes. This year, we’re giving away over $12,000.
Students will have three topics to choose from, allowing them to tackle the subject that speaks to them the most.
Our contest is open to students age 10-23 residing in North America, Hawaii, or at a U.S. military address. The deadline to submit is 11:59PM Eastern on Friday, March 31, 2023. Students may submit their videos to us directly, or have them submitted by a teacher or parent.
Winners will be announced in June 2023. For topics and complete rules, see below.
Do your students prefer writing essays to making videos? Our Essay Contest is perfect for them!
• FIRST PLACE – College Division: $2,500
• FIRST PLACE – High School Division: $2,500
• FIRST PLACE – Middle School Division: $2,500
• SECOND PLACE – College Division: $1,000
• SECOND PLACE – High School Division: $1,000
• SECOND PLACE – Middle School Division: $1,000
• 10 FINALISTS – $200 each (selected among the top 10 videos in each division)
• For each submission, you’ll receive an entry into a drawing for one of twenty $25 Amazon gift cards.
• If you reach 30 submissions, you’ll receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
• The teacher with the most submissions will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.
• Entries in our Essay Contest count, too!
Teachers and students may choose from any one of these three topics. Find the one that suits your class best, or let your students decide for themselves.
The American Constitution in Our Lives
The U.S. Constitution is often called “the law of the land.” Many people question the meaning of parts of the Constitution and Supreme Court decisions often lead some to question the value and relevance of the Constitution today. Several recent Supreme Court decisions have led to protests and have added to the political strife the United States faces.
How does the Constitution affect us on a day-to-day basis? Does it need to be amended? If yes, what amendments should be made? If no, what’s your argument for not amending it?
Create a 1-3 minute video about the meaning of the American Constitution in our country and in our lives.
You might want to look at our Constitution module to get started.
Inflation: Root Causes and Community Impact
Inflation has been in the headlines for the past few months. Prices of rent, food, gas, transportation, and other essentials have increased. Economic and government policy experts disagree about the causes of our current inflation.
Create a 1-3 minute video about inflation. Explain what inflation is, how inflation erodes purchasing power, who hurts the most from it, and what caused the inflation we currently face. If you have seen your family or community impacted, we encourage you to include personal examples that support your position.
You might want to look at two of our Both Sides modules to help you get started:
Economics in the Wild
Economics isn’t just a subject taught in the classroom. It’s all around us, part of our daily lives. We can see economic concepts, such as supply/demand, scarcity, trade, opportunity cost, and others, at home, in laws passed and enforced by governments, and in innovations.
What economic activities do you see in your daily life? Document one or more real-life examples of economics in action and use those examples to illustrate economic concepts in an engaging and interesting way. How do the examples and concepts apply to your life?
Create a 1-3 minute video about economic activities and how they demonstrate or refute concepts you have been taught or have heard or read about in the news.
You might want to look at The Rise of Citizen Journalists to help you get started.
All videos should specifically address one of the three Contest Topics listed above.
Eligibility – The contest is open to students in grades 5-12 and college (ages 10-23) at some point during the contest period September 1, 2022-March 31, 2023. No more than one submission will be accepted for each student. Students must be located in North America, Hawaii or at a U.S. military address, and all submissions should be in English. Employees of Stossel in the Classroom, Stossel TV, and Center for Independent Thought, or any person or organization involved in the operation and/or setup of the contest, and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Previous winners of a Stossel in the Classroom first place prize are not eligible for prizes in our subsequent contests.
Video Length and Format – Videos must be no shorter than 1 minute in length and no longer than 3 minutes in length. Videos must be uploaded to somewhere accessible to others, such as YouTube, TikTok, Vimeo, or Google Drive. Make sure your video is not set to Private. You may set it to “Unlisted” on YouTube. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.
Deadline – Videos must be submitted no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time, March 31, 2023.
Plagiarism – All videos must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission form.
Taxes – Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes on winnings.
Judges – Videos will be judged on their ability to answer the topic question in an articulate, clear, and organized manner. Stossel in the Classroom will evaluate video submissions in a fair and unbiased multi-round judging system, in which judges all use the same criteria. Judges will be selected by Stossel in the Classroom based on their backgrounds and expertise in education, media, and the subject matter. Decisions of the judges are final.
Ownership and Use – The ownership of any submission remains the property of the writer, but entry into the competition constitutes the entrant’s permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, for Stossel in the Classroom, Stossel TV, and Center for Independent Thought to use, reproduce, transmit, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission.
TIPS FOR STUDENTS
- Feel free to think outside the box! In our past contests, we’ve awarded prizes to videos in a variety of genres, including serious video essays, animation, comedy sketches, and even an original music performance. Find what you do best and go for it!
- Don’t forget the 1-3 minute time requirement. Videos that are under 1 minute or over 3 minutes will be disqualified.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to submit. It takes time to upload a video, and that time could be the difference between meeting the deadline and missing it.
For more tips, don’t miss our Video Contest Guide. It’s full of advice to help you avoid common mistakes.
If you have any questions about our contests, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to watching your video. Good luck!