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About the Challenge
PLEASE NOTE: We've updated the final announcement date - winners will be announced June 10th at 3pm ET.
Tired of partisan bickering? Feel your voice is left out of our democracy? Have a great idea about how we can all work together?
Then Looking@Democracy is the national competition for you!
Create and send us short digital media content that either:
(a) Tells a story about why government is important to our lives, or
(b) Tells how we might together strengthen American democracy.
Your submission can come in many formats such as short videos, audio stories, animation, music videos, public service announcements, infographics, graphic art, even Facebook and iPhone apps. They all just need to be digital so they can be shared electronically– the rest is up to YOU!
We’re looking to hear from independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers, artists - anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
Use your creativity to share your vision of how to make government work to improve our nation, our communities, and our lives.
Need a suggestion to get started?
Here are a couple of examples that may help (though please don’t limit yourself to these):
“If I were President…”
What would you do?
Many people – from major party candidates to hip-hop artists – have announced their plans for Day One as President of the United States. Now, it’s your turn. What would you do on your first day in office?
(Entries should be grounded in fact and take into account the powers that the President of the United States actually wields.)
A Day Without Government
What would a day without government really be like?
One opinion today is that the government does more harm than good. Others insist that government has a vital role to play in our lives. What does our government really do on a daily basis? What would a day without government actually be like?
Where to begin? Learn more about the various organizations that make up Federal and state governments here:
For more ideas click HERE
Looking@Democracy is a project of the Illinois Humanities Council, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Looking@Democracy will begin accepting submissions on February 4th 2013. Submissions will be due April 30th 2013.
Start thinking about your submission today!
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How to Enter
Entries must be submitted by 3pm Eastern Time on April 30th, 2013, using the application form on this site.
Submissions may consist of a short (generally three minutes or less), creative media piece (video, audio, graphic, animation, photo, data visualization, social media or mobile game).
Click HERE for more possible ideas to get you started thinking about your submission.
Questions? Contact LookingAtDemocracy@prairie.org