PBS NEWSHOUR Asks Students to Share Their Unique Perspective of 2013 in a Digital Media Contest


(December 6, 2013 – Arlington, VA)  PBS NewsHour Extra is calling on middle and high school students across the country to share their view of the most important events of 2013 in an online digital media contest.  The #MyZeitgeist competition was made in partnership with Google and is tied to their annual “Zeitgest” project- which highlights the biggest events of the year as seen through the site’s search engine results.  The deadline for students to submit entries is December 14, 2013

“Zeitgeist”, a German word meaning the “spirit of the times”, refers to those events people and works that encapsulate and define the greater mood and conversations that define an era.  Using the top search engine searches as its guide, Google creates a video montage that is a joyous, inspiring and sometimes tragic diary of what we’ve accomplished and endured over the last twelve months. “The youth voice is often lost or ignored. Here is an opportunity to see what 2013 looked like through their eyes,” explained Katie Gould –Teacher Resource Producer for NewsHour Extra.  “The Zeitgest project is a wonderful way for the vision and world view America’s young people to be seen and heard by a larger audience.”

Students will use Meograph – a digital storytelling tool that makes it easy to create interactive video out of video, audio, pictures, text, maps, timelines, and links.

More information about the contest and project is available on the PBS NEWSHOUR Extra website here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2013/12/my-zeitgeist-2013/

“Our students are pretty savvy with media and the #MyZeitgeist contest is pushing them to be creative, innovative and thought-provoking in their selection of stories. I love it!” said Carletta Hurt, a teacher at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science. 

The video contest winner will win a Nexus 7 tablet, courtesy of Google, and will be featured on YouTube’s education channel and Google’s Google+ page. All submissions must be received by midnight December 14 to be eligible.

NewsHour Extra uses the resources of the PBS NewsHour to provide teachers and students with quality educational resources based on current issues and events—all for FREE at www.pbs.org/newshour/extra. The PBS NewsHour is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country (check local listings) and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA Washington, DC, and THIRTEEN in New York. Corporate funding for The NewsHour is currently provided by Chevron and Intel, with major funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.