The Case for Public Media: A Student Challenge

Student competitions and scholarships New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 02 September 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9kCu

The Better Public Media Trust, an independent lobby group, welcomes entries for its inaugural competition for students enrolled in Y10–13, focusing on the topic "Why is public media important for New Zealand?" By public media we mean non-commercial, publicly-funded, public interest media. First prize is $1000 (with school prize $500), with second prize $500.

Rules and Eligibility

Entry is open to all students enrolled in Y10–13 at a New Zealand secondary school. It helps to be studying English or media studies but is not essential. Entries can comprise:

  1. A written essay, of up to 1200 words.
  2. Short film/documentary, maximum duration of 7 minutes. The production can be a team effort of eligible 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).
  5. Something else – ask us by email to

Judging will be done by BPM Trustees and any decisions will be final. The submission deadline is Friday, 12 October – so that entries can be aligned with the teaching year.

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

01 March 2018 – 12 October 2018

Further information

Contact: Geoff Lealand

 (07) 854 8054