StudentCam - Press Page

About the Competition:

StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual, national video documentary competition for middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students. The competition encourages students to critically analyze an issue of interest and create a short (5-6 minute) documentary about that topic.

  • StudentCam 2020 Announcement (September 4, 2019)
    Video (0:42 - C-SPAN Video link)
  • PRESS RELEASE: C-SPAN Announces Annual StudentCam Documentary Competition: "What's Your Vision in 2020?" (September 4, 2019)
    Press Release (Google Doc)
  • StudentCam 2020 Printable Poster (September 4, 2019)
    StudentCam 2020 Poster (.JPG File)

StudentCam Graphics: (click on images for a larger version)

StudentCam Quotes:

“All of my StudentCam participants walk a little taller, (and) they exude a poise and self-confidence that the other eighth graders (who did not particpate), don't.”
Karen Rehder
StudentCam Teacher Advisor
Farragut Middle School
Knoxville, TN

“StudentCam forces my students to exercise a different set of “creative muscles,” and it’s work that helps them in their other classes as well, whenever they have to use critical thinking and organizational skills.”
Clifton Raphael
StudentCam Teacher Advisor
Jenks High School
Jenks, OK

“I really just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing this opportunity. Our education system is focused on students achieving minimum standards, so it’s great when someone like C-SPAN comes along and encourages students to achieve their maximum potential.”
Ed Shimp
Father of StudentCam 2013 1st Prize winner Alan Shimp
State College, PA

“The kids loved it. For them it was about creating memorable and engaging learning experiences. We took the art of research and storytelling and applied them to 21st Century learning skills.”
Seann Goodman
StudentCam Teacher Advisor
Basalt High School
Basalt, CO

“I've had parents calling me to thank me for doing this and telling me that their children learned so much. I've seen myself the learning that goes on with this project; not only on subject matter but on technology and cooperative skills. This is one project I am not letting go!”
Laura De Sabatino
StudentCam Teacher Advisor
Sawgrass Springs Middle School
Coral Springs, FL

This competition is a wonderful way to get kids understanding the government in a new light.
Jaynie Siegel
Morristown-Beard School
Morristown, NJ

"This is the sort of thing that he'll remember his whole life, of course, and it's life-changing. You can be sure that you've had a formidable impact on this young man, in part because of the honor of the award, but in larger part because he experienced what it's like to make a difference in something important.
Sharon Webb
Mother of 2010 StudentCam winner Matthew Shimura
Honolulu, HI

StudentCam Related Video:

StudentCam 2020 Promotional Video Announcing C-SPAN's 2020 StudentCam Competition

StudentCam Press Coverage (selected samples):

Press Contacts:

Pam McGorry