Video Contest Toolkit

LWVMA is pleased to announce its fifth annual Student Video Contest, sponsored by the LWVMA Citizen Education Fund.  The theme for this year’s contest is Get in the Game…and Vote!

We invite Massachusetts high school students to create and submit 30-second public service announcements to encourage eligible voters to participate in this year’s important fall midterm elections.

In Fall 2018, Massachusetts voters will be electing one U.S. senator, nine U.S. representatives, our governor and other state constitutional officers, all state legislators in both houses, Governor’s Council, and several county positions, including district attorney. Many more voters participate in presidential elections than in midterm or local elections. But democracy is not a spectator sport, and no eligible voter should sit on the sidelines next fall!

Students can upload videos to the contest website between  February 1 and March 31, 2018.  The first-place award is $500; second-place, $250; and third-place, $100.  All winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, and winning videos will be publicized throughout the state.  Contest rules can be found here.

Your League’s personal outreach to your local high schools and other organizations encouraging participation will be a great help toward getting the word out about the contest.

Suggested Actions:

  • Consider assigning a member with a high school student or high school contacts to be the point person on the program for your League.
  • Emails about the contest will be sent to Massachusetts high schools, but may not reach the people you know. Please email personal contacts (high school administrators, educators, students) directly using the suggested email.
  • Announce the contest and distribute a flyer at League and other local events.
  • Submit a letter to the editor to your local paper in January or February. The sample letter can be modified and your local League contacts added at the end.
  • Post information about the contest on your website.  You can find a sample post here.
  • Share LWVMA’s Facebook posts about the contest on your Facebook wall.
  • Discuss the contest and ideas for outreach at your next board meeting.
  • Many Leagues have members who are teachers in other cities/towns. Ask them to promote the program at the high school in these cities/towns, especially if there is no League in the city/town.
  • Talk the contest up wherever you are whenever you can!

Related Documents:

Contest Rules

Contest Flyer

Sample Email to Send Contacts

Letter to Editor Template

Sample Post for League Website