Citizen Journalism Contest

banner2

 

The Tim Gill Center for Public Media and our collaborative partners are pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Citizen Journalism contest. This multi media contest includes video, audio, written, and photojournalist content. But this is no ordinary contest, to ensure that our citizen journalism participants are submitting compelling projects we’ve added an optional educational component to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to tell vibrant and effective stories about their community through a series of free workshops.

To enter, please complete the Submission Form and send along with your final work, and any necessary attachments or electronic links, to citizenjournalism@rmpbs.org.

We want to see imaginative, inventive, compelling, interesting content. To make sure your entry has the best chance of making it to the finals, please review the submission guidelines, and Release Form.


categories



This year’s theme was inspired by the Colorado Encyclopedia and topics about life in Colorado:

  • Origins: explores the arrival, settlement, and culture of indigenous peoples of Colorado.
  • Diversity: explores the cultural mosaic of Colorado, cross-cultural interaction, conflict, and adaptation.
  • Community: the development of connections within and between rural and urban communities.
  • Ecology: includes land and water use, emergence of environmentalism, and issues of sustainability.
  • Political Economy: covers Colorado politics and economics since the nineteenth century.
  • Place: features Colorado’s role in the establishment of the Interior West and the growth of the New West.

WORKSHOPS:

In partnership with the collaborative community organizations, the Tim Gill Center for Public Media will host a series of free workshops in order to provide insight and best practices of effective storytelling and journalism. All workshops will be videotaped and posted online for those who cannot attend in person.

Introduction Workshop
Wednesday, September 28th (5:30pm-7:30pm)
Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St.)

Join us to launch our Citizen Journalism contest with a reception and general overview of citizen journalism, contest guidelines, speakers, examples of citizen journalism projects, and more.

Video Production Workshop
Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.)
Whether you’re creating your first masterpiece or are a seasoned professional, the Studio offers the equipment and resources to produce original content for television, radio and the web. The Orientation course guides patrons through studio policies and procedures, and is the first step toward using the facility for independent projects. This course is required training to use the Studio. Attendees must be at least 9 years of age. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.
Advance sign up required. See available classes at PPLD.org.

Audio Production Workshop
Wednesdays, November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th (5:00pm-7:00pm)
Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St.)
In this five week course you’ll learn how to produce a short, Colorado focused radio piece including research, interview and recording techniques, script writing, and audio editing. All classes are free and open to the public. Please be sure you can attend all sessions prior to registering. Register now.

Writing Workshop
Thursday, October 13th (5:30pm-6:30pm)

Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St.)

How does journalistic writing differ from other forms of writing? What does it mean to be a citizen journalist? Explore the art of storytelling with a journalistic focus with Laura Eurich, instructor of communication at UCCS and SemiNative columnist for the Independent. Laura has been teaching media writing at UCCS for more than 15 years and has worked as a journalist in town for the better part of two decades.

Photojournalism Workshop
TBD

Journalism Ethics Workshop
TBD


submission deadlines

To enter, please complete the Submission Form and send along with your final work, and any necessary attachments or electronic links, to citizenjournalism@rmpbs.org.

We want to see imaginative, inventive, compelling, interesting content.  To make sure your entry has the best chance of making it to the finals, please review the submission guidelines, and Release Form.

An esteemed panel of journalists and experts will review submissions and the winners will be announced at an award ceremony on March 15, 2017 at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media from 5:30-6:30pm. Winning submissions will be eligible for publication online, on-air, and through print, and will also receive additional prizes.


 

Don’t forget to check out these helpful online resources and videos for more information on best practices of effective storytelling, production tutorials, and more.

 

Sign up for our mailing list for a exclusive updates on upcoming free workshops, links to helpful resources, access to our mentor program, and deadlines reminders.

border