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Students invited to submit story about civic engagement in CNY for chance to have it produced as video

May 15, 2012

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High school, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit a story about being engaged in an important issue in Central New York to win the chance of collaborating with a production unit to translate their story into a short video. The deadline for submission is June 1. The “'From Story-To-Screen' Video Contest for Publicly Engaged Students" is a new program of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, in partnership with the Orange Television Network and Syracuse University.

video“This contest is meant to elevate the stories of young people who are investing their creativity and knowledge to address pressing social issues, starting in their own community and with their peers,” says Jamie Haft, Imagining America’s communications manager, who is organizing the program. “We especially want to hear about students’ personal stake in their Central New York community.”

Story ideas might come from any issue that a community is experiencing—education reform, climate change, incarceration, immigration, labor or others. Students may submit their idea in any format—written, audio, visual or by other means.

A story might respond to questions such as: What motivates you to engage in your community’s social issues? What challenges you? Who has helped you in pursuing your experience? What gives you hope for the future? Special consideration will be given to a story that demonstrates reciprocal collaboration among campus and community stakeholders, shows how the student’s education informs his/her engagement and involves other young people.

A panel will select up to five videos to produce. A small team of publicly engaged scholars will help each winner prepare his or her story for production in collaboration with SU's Orange Television Network.

"I am very excited at the opportunity to harness our creative visual energy here at Orange Television with local, civic minded students who are instruments of change,” says Andy Robinson, Orange Television Network’s general manager and an adjunct instructor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. “Powerful stories demand powerful visuals and we look forward to delivering on that effort."

Finished videos will be promoted by SU, including on its Facebook and Twitter platforms (which combined have more than 100,000 followers); by Imagining America (which will share with its network of 90 colleges and universities across the country); and others. The contest builds on the momentum of the April 18 event “White House Young America Series: Live from Syracuse University.”

The contest’s guidelines and short submission form are online at For more information, contact Jamie Haft at or 315-443-8765.

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