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November 13th, 2014

How to create a great #MyZeitgeist submission

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Want to make your #MyZeitgeist really great? Use the resources below to guide your own process and watch the likes and views roll in.


Inspiration | 2014 best of media 


zeitgeist_imgs_12014 flew by and now you barely remember what you ate for breakfast this morning. How are you going to remember the biggest news events from the whole year and get excited about your #MyZeitgeist? Check out the best music, tweets, Vines and Instagrams to jog your memory.


Information | What to expect from the judging process


Learn what the judges will be looking for in your #MyZeitgeist submission. When creating your project ask yourself these questions:

Were the events I chose newsworthy?

Remember, newsworthy events have: timeliness, proximity, conflict & controversy, human interest, relevance. (See the “What is newsworthy” handout for detailed a description)

  • Was my video entertaining? Put yourself in the place of the viewer and ask yourself, “Am I enjoying watching this? Did I laugh, cry, rejoice? Or does this video put me to sleep?”
  • Was my project creative? Many students will choose the same news stories, but what is important is “Did you present them in a creative way?” You are not a professional news anchor, so don’t worry about emulating one. Be yourself and tell the story of 2014 through your unique perspective.
  • Did I effectively make use of images and videos? We’ve all heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Did you choose photographs and videos that will have a powerful effect on the viewers?
  • Did I effectively use Meograph or Trio to its fullest potential? You have images, videos, music, maps and more at your finger tips with Meograph. Did you use them in a way that enhanced the news stories?

For more details see the #MyZeitgeist rubric


Preparation | #MyZeitgeist examples 


One great way to prepare for a new project is to see what is already out there and then reflect on what you did or didn’t like about it. Below are Google’s Zeitgeist examples and two Meograph examples from last year. Check out a few and use what you learn from your preferences to shape your own #MyZeitgeist video mashup.

Google Zeitgeist 


For more examples from Google, check out their 2010, 2011, and 2012 Zeitgeist.

Trio #MyZeitgeist

To see more mashups, download the Trio app from the iTunes App Store, sign into Trio and head to the Challenge (light bulb icon) listed as #MyZeitgeist 2014.

Meograph #MyZeitgeist 


To see more #MyZeitgeist Meograph examples, including the last year’s first prize winner, visit the 2013 contest page.


Production | Tool tutorials by KQED


Whether you’re a social media pro or just starting out, the video tutorials below will help you to make the most out of your #MyZeitgeist experience. Like what you see? Check out more tutorials from KQED education.

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