MediaXchange “Futures of News” Video Contest

MediaXchange “Futures of News” Video Contest

Calling all journalism students! We want to know how you envision the future of news. Send us your video entries for a chance to win prizes! The News Media Alliance seeks video entries from college students enrolled in journalism programs.

The videos will focus on why the future of media is bright, and what inspired these students to pursue journalism. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place entries, at $1,000 and $500 respectively.

To enter, upload an original video to YouTube and email a link to Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.

The top 10 finalists will be selected by a panel of judges. Selections will be based on originality, technical excellence and artistic merit.

Public voting, conducted through Facebook on the News Media Alliance page, will take place April 10-April 26, 2017. Winners will be announced at the mediaXchange conference, taking place April 30–May 3, 2017 in New Orleans.



  1. All original video entries should highlight the “Futures of News.”
  2. Entries must be under 60 seconds in length, uploaded to YouTube (made public) and a link emailed to with the subject “Futures of News Entry, Last Name.” Please include an unofficial transcript attached to the email to prove registration.
  3. The competition is open to full-time graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in a journalism or communication major at a college or university.
  4. Winning students must be able to apply the prize to the 2017-2018 school year. Students not continuing their education at a university, or college will not be eligible.
  5. By submitting your entry, you are attesting that you have the necessary authorization to use the images audio, text and other content contained in your video. Please do not enter if you are in violation or uncertain or your rights to any copyrights, patents, trademarks, video, music or intellectual property. Applicants will be held fully liable under the law for any copyright or other intellectual property violations.
  6. Submissions found incomprehensible, inappropriate or in violation of intellectual property rights for any reason will not be accepted into the competition.
  7. The 2017 entry window runs from Jan 9 to March 31. The Alliance is not responsible for any entry that is not received by such date.
  8. Winning entries will be made available to associated websites for airing at their discretion.
  9. Winning entries will receive the following prices for the fall 2017 semester:
    a. First Place: $1,000
    b. Second Place: $500
  10. Prizes will only be made payable to the university, college or technical college where the student is enrolled and will be applied to the student’s account.



The event floor will encourage members to float from one experience to the next, engaging in longer, more focused discussions that lead to productive outcomes and actionable ideas.

The convention room will consist of several areas with distinct purposes:

Main Stage – Keynote speakers will address broad cultural and environmental themes affecting the news media industry, as well as translate research data on audience and news consumption patterns to increase readership and engagement.

Innovation Stage – Presentations that showcase how the industry is innovating, including the fourth annual Accelerator Pitch program featuring media startups offering innovative solutions for news media.

Table Talks – On the show floor, table talks will offer deeper dives on content directly sourced from members through ideaxchange, social media and the website. Attendees choose which talks they want to go to. Each table conversation lasts 30-45 minutes and is led by a designated facilitator. Attendees can float between table talks.


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