All videos should specifically address the Video Topic, which is:

Minimum wage laws are meant to help workers by raising wages and preventing companies from exploiting employees. Do the laws succeed? Watch SITC’s video on the minimum wage, consult other sources, and create a 1-3 minute video, arguing for or against minimum wage laws and proposals to raise the minimum wage. What are the unintended consequences to a minimum wage? How do these laws affect workers and businesses? Do these laws actually help poor people?


The contest is open to filmmakers aged 14-23 at some point during the contest period (Nov. 27, 2018-Feb. 25, 2019). However, all entries must be submitted by an individual who is at least 18 years old as of the date of entry.

Filmmakers below that age should have their entries submitted by a teacher, parent, or legal guardian. Teachers, parents, and guardians may submit unlimited entries, but not more than one for the same filmmaker.

Filmmakers must be located in North America or Hawaii, and all submissions should be in English. Employees of Stossel in the Classroom, Fox News, Fox Business, and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Previous winners of a Stossel in the Classroom prize trip are not eligible for prizes in our subsequent contests.

Video Requirements

The video must be 1-3 minutes long. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, with the YouTube URL provided as part of your contest entry.

The video must be the original work of the filmmaker identified in the entry form, not copied from others, and must not violate the rights of any other person or entity. The video must be an original work for this competition and identified as such at YouTube.

Videos must contain only authorized content—including music, images, film clips, and other intellectual or copyrighted property and must not contain defamatory or otherwise unlawful matter.

Videos must be appropriate for viewing by the general public (to be determined by Stossel in the Classroom).


Videos must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time, February 25, 2019.


Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes on winnings.


Chaperones chosen to accompany First Place Winners who are under 18 years old on their trip to New York City must be the student's parent, legal guardian, or another adult chosen with the approval of the student's parents/guardian.


Videos will be judged on creativity, originality, message, production quality, and overall presentation. Stossel in the Classroom will evaluate video submissions in a fair and unbiased four-round judging system, where judges will all use the same criteria. Judges will be selected by Stossel in the Classroom based on their backgrounds and expertise. Decisions of the judges are final.

Ownership and Use

The ownership of any submission remains the property of the filmmaker, but entry into the competition constitutes the entrant’s permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, for Stossel in the Classroom to use, reproduce, transmit, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission.