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Citizen Journalism Contest will Highlight Storytellers in the Region

Monday, September 9, 2013

In collaboration with community organizations, colleges, community colleges and universities, the Tim Gill Center for Public Media is launching a Citizen and Student Journalism Contest lead by Rocky Mountain PBS and the Pikes Peak Library District. Audio/video, print and photojournalism submissions will be accepted September 9 through December 6, 2013. Participating student and citizen journalists simply need to post their A/V content online (through Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) and email a link to Submissions for print and photo categories can be emailed directly as attachments. Before submitting anything, please visit for guidelines and more information.

The contest seeks to provide citizens and students with the necessary skills and knowledge to tell vibrant and effective stories about their community through a series of workshops. The ultimate goal is to foster a new crop of community storytellers in order to foster a healthy information network for all.

The contest provides community members of all ages an opportunity to participate. Age groups and categories are as follows:

Age Group:
• Middle School/High School
• College
• Community
• Audio/Visual (podcasts/video)
• Print/Online (written works)
• Photojournalist

In partnership with the Pikes Peak Library District, the Tim Gill Center for Public Media will also host a series of free workshops in order to provide insight and best practices of effective storytelling and journalism. All workshops will be videotaped and posted online for those who cannot attend in person. The schedule is as follows:

Storytelling with Guest Speaker Gus Lee
Wednesday, October 2 @ 11:30 am – 1 pm
Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. (80903)

Basics of Photojournalism
Thursday, October 10 @ 11:30 am – 1 pm
Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. (80903)

Audio and Video Production Panel
Thursday, October 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7 pm
East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. (80918)

Identifying Sources to Tell a Powerful Story
Tuesday, October 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. (80903)

Understanding Journalism Ethics
Wednesday, October 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7pm
Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd. (80915)

Finding an Audience
Wednesday, November 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. (80903)

Citizen and Student Journalists are also welcome to use new Creation Stations at various community libraries thanks to Pikes Peak Library District. Each Creation Station will be equipped with state of the art technology that allows citizen and student journalists to edit videos, podcasts, and photographs. For more information regarding the Creation Stations, please visit

An esteemed panel of journalists and experts will review submissions and the 28 winners will be announced on January 15, 2014 at a reception at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media from 5-7pm. Winning submissions will be published online, on-air, and through print, and will also receive a cash prize (listed below).

First Place: $500
Second Place: $350
Third Place: $150

*A special multi-media prize of $500 will be awarded to the submission that best demonstrates excellence in storytelling through a variety of mediums.

For more information, visit
About the Tim Gill Center for Public Media: The TGCPM is a collaboration between 22 partner organizations, all working to connect people, expertise and resources to create and distribute new content that tells stories that would otherwise go untold. Rocky Mountain PBS is the lead partner with the following collaborators: Pikes Peak Library District, KRCC 91.5FM, UCCS, Pikes Peak Community College, and Rocky Mountain Community Radio (a consortium of 17 community-owned radio stations around the state of Colorado).

About Rocky Mountain PBS: The mission of Rocky Mountain PBS is to enrich the lives of Coloradans through engaging and essential programs, services and community partnerships that inform, enlighten and entertain.

About Pikes Peak Library District: The Pikes Peak Library District provides resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community.