Mediacom and C-SPAN announced the start of this year’s annual student documentary competition and encourage middle school and high school students to participate in the video documentary competition known as “StudentCam.”

Students are asked to create a short video documentary and submit it online between November 1, 2019 and January 20, 2020.This year marks the 16th Annual StudentCam competition.

The new topic for 2020 submissions is “What’s Your Vision in 2020?” As they think critically about that question, students will explore an issue that they most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign, and also analyze the current or historical significance of their chosen issue and include differing points of view.

Participants present their views by creating a short video documentary, five to six minutes in length. Students can work in teams or individually to create their videos.

Cash prizes of up to $100,000 in total will be awarded to winning documentaries. Winners will be announced in March 2020 and the top-rated videos will be televised on C-SPAN in April 2020.

In recent years, Iowa students from Aplington-Parkersburg, Cedar Falls High Schools, Dallas Center-Grimes High School and Urbandale created StudentCam documentaries that earned national recognition.

Complete competition details and entry forms are available on the C-SPAN StudentCam website http://www.studentcam.org.

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