Annie E. Casey Foundation EIJ19 Video Contest

Topic: How are children and their families doing in the communities that you cover?

$1,000 Award — Professional Journalist Category
$500 Award — Student Journalist Category

This video contest seeks to highlight communities around the country, using data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Center and your reporting skills, to tell us stories that underscore the challenges and opportunities that lie on the road to ensuring brighter futures for all children and families.

For 30 years, the Casey Foundation has been publishing its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book. This year’s edition begins by exploring how America’s child population — and the American childhood experience — has changed since 1990. And there’s some good news to share: Of the 16 areas of child well-being tracked across four domains — health, education, family and community and economic well-being — 11 have improved since the Foundation published its first Data Book.

Submit your entry

Please submit your video — along with your name, title, organization name, email address and phone number — here. Entries are due no later than Friday, August 9.

The work must be submitted as a link to a live, public site. Entrants are encouraged to upload their media via YouTube or Vimeo and provide the necessary link in the online application. Finalists will be notified and asked to submit their final video in a MP4 file.

Questions?

Contact Gina Davis.

The data reveal that in the United States today, more parents are financially stable and living without burdensome housing costs. More teens are graduating from high school and delaying parenthood. And access to children’s health insurance has increased compared to just seven years ago. (Though 2017 was the first year since 2010 that saw an increase in the number of uninsured kids, the 5 percent uninsured rate is 62 percent better than it was three decades ago — thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and state-by-state Medicaid expansion.)

But it is not all good news. The risk of babies being born at a low weight continues to rise, racial inequities remain systemic and stubbornly persistent and 12 percent of kids across the country are still growing up in areas of concentrated poverty.

Take a look closer to where you live and work, how are the children in your city or state faring in the key areas that Casey tracks? Examine the data. Are there disparities that community and system leaders are tackling or need to address to better ensure all children and families have what they need to thrive? Or, what transformative work is already underway to turn the curve on these issues in the communities you cover?

The winning videos will provide compelling snapshots developed through sharp on-the-ground reporting and smart use of Casey’s KIDS COUNT Data Center.


Entry Guidelines

Here’s more information on how to enter the contest:

1. Data gathered from the KIDS COUNT Data Center must be included in the video.
2. The total length for the video cannot be longer than two minutes.
3. The video can be animated, a news package, or another creative format.
4. The work must be submitted as a link to a live, public site. Entrants are encouraged to upload their media via YouTube or Vimeo and provide the necessary link when submitting their entry. Finalists will be notified and asked to submit their final video in a MP4 file.
5. Recent graduates (May 2019) may submit in the student category.
6. The Foundation reserves the right to use the finalists’ videos in a promotional video.
7. The winner will be notified prior to the Excellence in Journalism Conference.


Judging Criteria

– Entries must use the data from the KIDS COUNT Data Center in their video
– Entries are judged based on the quality and creativity of the work submitted and use of data.
– Entries that are longer than 2 minutes will not be considered.


The winner will be notified prior to the Excellence in Journalism Conference in September. The winning video will be displayed during the conference, posted on the Casey Foundation’s online platforms and promoted via social media. Attendance at the conference is not required in order to win. Travel to the conference will not be covered. The contest winner will receive prize monies from NAHJ following the conference, once AECF has fully funded the sponsorship.


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