Woodgrove’s Newspaper Staff Visits C-SPAN

The Woodgrove Outlander staff recently headed to the C-SPAN headquarters in Washington, D.C., to meet with Steve Scully, the Senior Executive Producer and Political Editor for the C-SPAN television network.

The Outlander staff attended a workshop called ‘Campaign 2016’ where Mr. Scully discussed C-SPAN’s coverage on the election and then toured the studios.

In addition, Ms. Pamela McGorry, C-SPAN’s Education Program Specialist, informed the staff about a contest that takes place through the C-SPAN Network. ‘Studentcam’ is a video documentary contest about issues that are occurring within the local community and or nation.

Contestants have to be in grades six to twelve.  Grades six to eight will compete in the middle school category and grades nine through twelve in the high school category.

Last year’s theme was “Road to the White House.” Students submitted their work, in teams of one to three, and talked about issues they wanted presidential candidates to discuss in their campaigns.

Next year’s category will be announced in the summer of 2017. Videos are required to be five to seven minutes long, must include C-SPAN footage relating to their topic, and must include credits at the end of their presentation. For a full list of requirements for the competition and to see examples of last year’s winners you can go to www.studentcam.org/rules.html

The grand prize is $5,000. First prize is $3,000 is awarded to one middle school entry and to three high school entries. The second prize is $1,500 awarded to four middle school entries and to twelve high school entries. Third prize is $750 awarded to eight middle school entries and twenty-four high school entries. The honorable mention prize is $250 awarded to a student from the middle, or high school categories.