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The Case for Public Media: A Student Challenge

Student competitions and scholarships New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 05 March 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9hk7

The independent lobby group Better Public Media (formerly the Coalition for Public Broadcasting) is issuing a challenge to secondary school students in New Zealand; a new student competition focused on the need for publically-funded (non-commercial) and independent voices and spaces in the New Zealand media (both older and newer media forms), with an emphasis on the necessity for these to be accessible to all New Zealanders.

The topic for the first competition, to be held in 2018, Why is public media important for New Zealand

There will be a cash prize of $1,000 (first prize), $500 (second prize), together with a school prize of $500 for the top winning entry.

Rules and eligibility

Entry is open to all students enrolled in Y10–13 at secondary school, especially those studying English and media studies. Entries can comprise;

  1. A written essay, of up to 1200 words.
  2. Short film/documentary (maximum length 7 minutes). The production of such a film can result of the combined efforts of up to three students (with the prize to be shared).
  3. Authored blog or other online platform, with text up to 1500 words.
  4. A research report, which reviews the literature in a thorough fashion but may also include original field research (up to 1500 words).

Judging will be done by trustees of BPM and any decisions will be final. The submission date will be 12 October so that entries can be aligned with the teaching year.

For further information, contact Dr Geoff Lealand (Trustee, Better Public Media Trust); email

Further information

Contact: Geoff Lealand

 (07) 854 8054