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K-5th Grade Categories


Animation - Characters created on film, video, or computer. Includes two and 3D animation using clay, objects or models.

Documentary - A video that provides a view of real events and people. Documentaries should be fact-based and provide an unbiased record of actual events, places or people.

Instructional Video - A video that uses any form of instruction or teaching in order for the viewer to learn a new skill or craft. This can be done as a step-by-step system or some other creative way. The purpose of the video must clearly be to instruct the viewer to learn a new thing, not to sway the viewers opinion on a subject and not to simply inform.

Music Video - A video set to original or non-original music. Remember, a good music video tells a story. Please see the bottom of the rules section for the policy on copyright.

News Show - An original news show that is broadcast at school by a team of people or news crew. This may include green-screen or live sets. If your news show exceeds 5 minutes in length, cut from the beginning or end of the show to fit the required time. Do not cut from the middle.

PSA - A video exactly 30, 45 or 60 seconds in length with the clear goal of swaying the viewer’s opinion on a certain topic. PSAs should have a clear “call-to-action.”

PSA - Social Norming - This is a special category sponsored by the Lee County School District’s Student Services outreach program and The Norm Project. This program prevention initiative seeks to correct misperceptions about alcohol and drug use. Many students perceive a higher level of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among their peers. What that means is that most teens believe that their friends are drinking and doing drugs but the truth is that majority of Lee County teens are NOT using alcohol and other drugs. The Norm Project uses this factual information to promote healthy behaviors that accurately reflect what’s really going on in our schools, or the “norm.” PSA’s entered in this category should reflect the Social Norming initiative.

Short Film - Tells a complete short story in a creative way using emotion and feeling as the primary delivery tool with dramatic, humorous or colorful elements.

6-12th Grade Categories


Animation - Characters created on film, video, or computer. Includes two and 3D animation using clay, objects or models.

Comedy - Tells a story using humor as the primary theme or delivery method. Should incorporate comedic elements such as misunderstandings, sight gags or satire.

Documentary - A video that provides a view of real events and people. Documentaries should be fact-based and provide an unbiased record of actual events, places or people.

Instructional Video - A video that uses any form of instruction or teaching in order for the viewer to learn a new skill or craft. This can be done as a step-by-step system or some other creative way. The purpose of the video must clearly be to instruct the viewer to learn a new thing, not to sway the viewers opinion on a subject and not to simply inform.

Music Video - A video set to original or non-original music. Remember, a good music video tells a story. Please see the bottom of the rules section for the policy on copyright.

News Package - Any original news story produced by a single individual reporting on a single story, though a reporter with a videographer is acceptable. A package consists of interviews and a voice over with B-roll, and may include a stand-up from the reporter.

News Show - An original news show that is broadcast at school by a team of people or news crew. This may include green-screen or live sets. If your news show exceeds 5 minutes in length, cut from the beginning or end of the show to fit the required time. Do not cut from the middle.

On-Camera Talent - A talent demo reel consisting of on-camera appearances (stand-ups) featuring a single student reporter. This should begin with a montage of a variety of story types and locations and include sections from several different stories. You may also include on-set anchor work and interviews, as long as you as the talent are in the frame. This should represent a demo reel that you would actually submit for a job as a journalist.

PSA - A video exactly 30, 45 or 60 seconds in length with the clear goal of swaying the viewer’s opinion on a certain topic. PSAs should have a clear “call-to-action.”

PSA - Social Norming - This is a special category sponsored by the Lee County School District’s Student Services outreach program and The Norm Project. This program prevention initiative seeks to correct misperceptions about alcohol and drug use. Many students perceive a higher level of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among their peers. What that means is that most teens believe that their friends are drinking and doing drugs but the truth is that majority of Lee County teens are NOT using alcohol and other drugs. The Norm Project uses this factual information to promote healthy behaviors that accurately reflect what’s really going on in our schools, or the “norm.” PSA’s entered in this category should reflect the Social Norming initiative.

Short Film - Tells a complete short story in a creative way using emotion and feeling with dramatic or colorful elements.

Sports - A regularly scheduled or special presentation of a sporting event, highlight features or sports news and information. Can be done in the style of Sports Center or ESPN or can be a package or original news story about a sporting event or team.