Monday, February 4, 2013

Looking At Democracy Media Challenge

I'd say both democracy and media are challenged at this moment. Probably a good time to jump in and give your two cents about how you would fix or contribute to the solution. Should you be so inclined the Looking @ Democracy Media Challenge contest is looking for folks to give ideas, inspiration and direction to those that want to make it better.

The contest is a project of the Illinois Humanities Council, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  This is a promotional video for the project.

According to the web site, they are looking for creative work that:

(a) Tells a story about why government is important to our lives, or (b) Tells how we might together strengthen American democracy

It is a transmedia contests; meaning that you can create a website, blog, audio, video, infographic, smartphone app or whatever you want so long as it is digital content.

There is prize money, you could win up to $25,000 in cash, which would solve a lot of folks problems or possibly create new ones.

As Always, Read the Rules, FAQs and Terms of Service

Doing quick skim of the essential things to know:

This is a United States based contest so for my international friends, sorry you are out of luck on this one. Contributions must be in English, captioned or dubbed.

The contest is open to individuals and organizations: I'm taking that to mean non-profits but it was not specified. It seems it gives room to allow for-profit creators to jump in and muck up the mix.

You retain ownership of your work but you grant permission for the contest to use/display your creation for a year. (Yes!)

If you want in get busy; you have until 3:00pm April 30, 2013 to submit you ideas and projects.

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