Harvard Video Contest Asks, ‘What Is The Future Of News?’

What is the future of news? The Shorenstein Center at Harvard University wants to see how aspiring journalists, filmmakers and avid media consumers answer this question and so they’ve launched a video contest to find out.

What is the future of news?  The Shorenstein Center at Harvard University wants to see how aspiring journalists, filmmakers and avid media consumers answer this question and so they’ve launched a video contest to find out.

The video contest video contest is part of the Shorenstein Center’s 25th Anniversary celebration.  For a quarter of a century, the Shorenstein Center has been working to understand the impact of the press on politics and public policy, and exploring news and the future of news.  Winning videos will be aired at the Anniversary Gala in October.

Alex Jones, Director of the Shorenstein Center, explains the contest concept and rules in the video below.  Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes and the theme is the future of news.  Jones says, “Beyond that, the sky’s the limit.”

The contest winners will be determined by a panel of judges from the industry.  Judges include Lorie Conway, documentary filmmaker; Mike Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor at CNN; and Rick Kaplan, the executive producer of This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

In addition to having their videos screened at the gala, the first place winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and two runners-up will each receive $500.  All three winners will be invited to Harvard for the weekend to attend celebration at the Shorenstein Center in October.

Click here to learn more about the video contest and find out how you can submit your video.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on September 15, 2011.  Do you plan to enter the contest?  What are your predictions for the future of news?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.