HOW TO ENTER
WHAT WE ARE HONORING
DEADLINE: 15 April 2021
WHO CAN ENTER & HOW
ELIGIBILITY - The competition is open to educators at any level of instruction (primary, secondary or university) teaching in any kind of class.
We want to make this as easy as possible for educators, given that they have have been having to do more in the same amount of time for months now, so we have aimed to make the process flexible and streamlined.
Entries can be self-nominated or submitted by a third party, such as colleagues, students, a news organization, NGO, etc.
The teaching can have occurred anytime since January 2018.
REGISTRATION - Before you send an entry as a candidate or to nominate an initiative, please register it HERE . You will will tell us some basics that will help us know to expect your entry and how to get in touch if there is a problem. Once we receive your registration, we'll explain what to do next to submit your entry.
Your entry itself can come in one of three three-minute formats answering three questions. It will be judged on two criteria. Again, you can submit it yourself or someone else can nominate you, such as a colleague, student(s), etc.
ONE NOTE - Upon submitting your entry, know that you are giving us permission to share it both with the jury members and, if we think it’s great, more widely, attributing it to you, of course.
THE THREE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
What do you do? Description of the actions by you and your students.
Why do you do it? Background about the rationale behind the teaching.
How do you know it works? The results, however you measure them.
THREE FORMAT CHOICES:
-- A 3-minute read (text of 400 words and some optional art or charts in a Google Doc or a 10-slide Powerpoint of less than 5 MB). You send us the link to the text or the presentation file.
-- A 3-minute video (uploaded anywhere with open access and with the original video file available if needed). You send us the link. Subtitles would be great but are not required.
-- A 3-minute audio recording (uploaded anywhere from with open access with a nonproprietary audio file available if needed). You send us the link.
TWO CRITERIA IN THE JUDGING
1. Inspiration - Creativity of the activity and its adaptability to other countries (for USA teachers, that means less reliance on the First Amendment as a foundation than on Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
2. Impact - Effectiveness of the initiative in serving, supporting, attracting and/or learning from young audiences, especially as evidenced by measurable impact. This is a key element.
For the other awards, judges also give a score for “innovation.” What you are doing is already innovative, so we decided that was unnecessary.
ONE NOTE - Upon submitting your entry, know that you acknowledge that are giving us permission to share it both with the jury members and, if we think it’s great, more widely, attributing it to you, of course.
ENTRY FILENAME FORMAT - This is the format for your entry filename:
ENTRY - PRESS FREEDOM TEACHER - YOUR COUNTRY - YOUR ORGANIZATION
WHERE TO SEND IT - Upon registering, we'll send you instructions about where to send the entry itself.
• It's often better to describe one highly impactful initiative in an entry rather than describe everything you do.
• For your entry filename, again, use this format:
ENTRY - PRESS FREEDOM TEACHER - [YOUR COUNTRY] - [YOUR ORGANIZATION]
• No matter what format, be sure to include information that identifies you at the beginning.
• In a presentation, heavy photos can make the file huge. Make them 72 DPI. You can get more guidance about preparing a presentation from the instructions for The Journalism Award.
• Remember that the judges are all English speakers, so if an element is important for them to consider, translate it (subtitles on a video) or provide a summary in English.