Symposium on Democracy 2020 Video Contest

Washington & Jefferson College announces a video contest that could earn you a cash prize! Submit a 30-60 second video answering the question:

How have you used (or how will you use) your voice to be a change agent in
strengthening democracy in your own life and/or in your own community?

On Presidents Day, February 17, 2020, W&J College will host the third annual Symposium on Democracy. This year’s theme is Fragility and Resilience: Democracy in Today’s World.

The winning video will be shown during the Symposium.


Winners will be announced the week of Feb. 10, 2020. The first place winner will receive $200, second place will receive $100, and third place will win items from the W&J College Campus Store. For entries produced and/or submitted by a team, the members of the team will split the cash awards.

In addition to cash prizes, winning videos could be posted on the W&J College website if all copyright permissions are in order. Winners must provide sources for their video, listing the source of any factual statements.

Requirements and Deadlines

The contest begins now and entries are due to W&J College by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Winners will be announced the week of Feb. 10.

Eligibility: Any current high school or W&J student.

Video Requirements: Videos should include a title screen that has the contest title “Democracy in Today’s World,” the name of the entrant, and the title of their video. They should also include an end slide that cites any sources referenced
for information included in the video. Videos should not exceed 60 seconds in length, including the title screen and end screen.

Copyrights: Videos must not use copyrighted material without permission of the copyright holder. Videos containing copyrighted material used without permission will not be eligible for prizes.

Ownership of Videos and Right to Use: Entrants own all rights to their entries,
but W&J College may reproduce, reprint, distribute, reference, or exhibit winning videos for promotional purposes on its website, at conferences, or in printed and/or digital publications.

Video Equipment: Videos may be produced on any equipment available to the student, including cell phones, video cameras, and computers. Videos can be in color or black and white, with or without sound, and with or without animation.

Judging: A panel comprised of W&J College faculty, staff, and students will judge each entry. The videos will be judged on answering the prompt creatively and with insight into how an individual student can be an agent for change.

Got Questions?

We’re here to help! Please direct questions to Dr. Melissa Cook, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, at

Official Contest Entry Form