Saturday, January 17, 2009

FIRE "Freedom on Campus" Student Video Contest

PHILADELPHIA, January 7, 2009-The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is pleased to re-announce its first annual "Freedom on Campus" Student Video Contest. The contest will give college and university students from around the country the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship and other prizes for producing short videos about school policies or practices that stifle their freedoms on campus.

"FIRE is proud and excited to be able to expand the efforts of our Multimedia Project, and we encourage college students everywhere to join the fight for liberty on campus by participating in the 'Freedom on Campus' contest," FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. "FIRE's motto is that 'sunlight is the best disinfectant,' and we hope students all over the country will help us shine some light on abuses of basic rights on campus."

FIRE is looking for student filmmakers to document a free speech controversy on a college campus-either at their own or at another school-and produce a short film about it. Examples include instances in which someone has been punished because of his or her speech, student newspapers have been stolen or vandalized, student groups were not allowed to associate, or speech was confined to a "free speech zone," among many others. To learn more about these types of assaults on liberty, view our own documentaries at

In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the grand prize winner's video will be featured on FIRE's website and the winner will receive an all-expenses-paid invitation to the 2009 Campus Freedom Network Conference in Philadelphia, where he or she will meet with prominent free speech advocates, FIRE staff members, and other top students from around the country. Two runners-up will each receive a $1,000 award.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a U.S. college or university, and the video entry must be under 10 minutes in length. The deadline to enter is May 15, 2009, and the winners will be announced on May 22, 2009. To read the contest rules, please visit FIRE's contest page. Students may enter online or through the mail.

FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of individual rights, due process, freedom of expression, academic freedom, and rights of conscience at our nation's colleges and universities. FIRE's efforts to preserve liberty on campuses across America can be viewed at

Erin Osovets, Media Associate, FIRE: 215-717-3473;

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