Fox News Correspondent, Garrett Tenney, shares helpful tips on how to produce a standout 1:30 – 3:00 minute video news package. It’s a must-see before you get started on your entry.
Contest entries closed
Who may enter the sweepstakes?
Any legal resident of the 50 United States, including Washington DC, who is at least 18 years of age, attending a four year undergraduate college or university.
When is the contest?
The contest begins on January 20, 2014 and ends on March 3, 2014. All pieces must be submitted by Monday, March 3, 2014 (electronically) or postmarked by Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
How do I enter and submit my news piece?
You may enter the contest by logging onto our website at
You can electronically submit a video news package from the list of suggested topics available or on a news topic of your choosing via the College Challenge webpage no later than March 3, 2014. In the event you cannot upload your entry to the website you may, in the alternative, send your submission on a tape or disc (see below for acceptable formats and address) which must be post marked by no later than March 5, 2014.
All tapes/discs should be sent to: FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036, Attn: HR Department.
Two separate copies of the entries must be submitted on VHS, Betacam or Betacam SP, or DVD in the following two (2) formats: One (1) tape/disc (not for screening by Judges) – format must include the following: (a) a :05 second slate containing the title, school name, student name(s) and total running time (TRT); and (b) the accompanying tape/disc package must be clearly labeled with the title of the news piece, school name and student names. The length of the slate will not be included in the length of the overall piece.
One (1) tape/disc (for screening by Judges) – format will include the following: (a) :05 second slate containing the title and total running time (TRT); and (b) the accompanying tape/disc package must clearly be labeled with the title of the news piece only. The length of the slate will not be included in the length of the overall piece.
No other identifying names, logos, etc., should appear anywhere on, or within the news piece with this second tape or disc.
What type of topics can I do in my piece?
You can choose your own topic or select from the following suggested topics:
- ROTC On Campus: Right or Wrong Place?
- Marijuana: Legalize it or not?
- Religion and Education: Together or separated?
- New Healthcare Law: How does it affect college students?
- Economic outlook: Are colleges preparing students to graduate during the recession?
- Grad School: Many college students are bypassing the job search and heading to grad school. Is this the solution to a poor economy?
- Going Green: Putting us in the red or money well spent?
- Rising Tuition Rates: Are they justified?
What is the prize?
The winning team will receive a $10,000 scholarship, to be divided equally among team members, payable by FOX News Channel company check(s). Members of the winning team who are attending classes in the Fall of 2014 as undergraduates, are eligible to apply for a college associate position with Fox News Network, provided they satisfy all standard requirements per FOX News policies. Members of the winning team who are seniors will be invited to interview for an entry level position with the Fox News Network, L.L.C.
Can my school be mentioned in the piece?
There shall be no mention of the students’ names or the college or university they attend anywhere within the news piece. There shall also be no use of college or university logos or mascots within the news piece.
How will I know if I’ve won?
After the contest has concluded, the winners will be published on the website. A list of winners may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope by June 2, 2014 to FOX News Channel, Winners List Request, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 Attention: Legal Department.
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTEST:
The FOX News Channel "College Challenge" (the "Contest") is a contest open to all four year undergraduate college and university students, studying any major, in an accredited college or university in the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia.
The contest will begin on Monday, January 20, 2014. Students, either individually or in teams of up to four (4) students (all students on a team must attend the same school), will compete by electronically submitting a video news package from the list of suggested topics available at www.foxnews.com/collegechallenge, or on a news topic of their choosing, by no later than Monday, March 3, 2014. In the event you cannot upload your entry to the website you may, in the alternative, send your submission on a tape or disc (see below for acceptable formats and address) which must be postmarked by no later than Wednesday, March 5, 2014. You must provide the names of all team members with the submission of your final video segment entry on or before Monday, March 3, 2014 for digital entries or on or before Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (postmark date) for mail entries. You are permitted to change the members of your team at any time prior to your final submission of your video entry, as long as you provide the names of the final team members with your submission.
There is no limit to the number of teams from selected schools that may enter. Entrants are limited however to one team, and teams are limited to one entry. Professors and Administrators at colleges or universities, have the option to include the Contest entry as part of the curriculum or have it as an extracurricular project. The professor or administrator is allowed to guide students during the project, but no outside professional assistance is permitted. Students will control all elements of the production including research, writing, videotaping, and graphics and editing.
There shall be no mention of the students' names or the college or university they attend anywhere within the news piece, however students may appear on camera. There shall also be no use of college or university logos or mascots within the news piece.
Entries must contain chyron identifications of all interview subjects and shall only contain the individual's name, area of expertise, department and/or organization; provided however, that the chyron identification shall not contain information about the individual's college or university affiliation, if any. Failure to comport with the anonymity requirements of these Rules will result in disqualification.
2. HOW TO ENTER:
Submissions must be a minimum of one minute thirty seconds (1:30) in length and a maximum of three minutes (3:00). Submissions not meeting these time requirements will be disqualified. Electronic submissions must be uploaded to www.foxnews.com/collegechallenge by no later than March 3, 2014. Uploaded submissions shall not contain the school or student names or identifying logos anywhere within the news piece and students must follow the uploading instructions provided on the Website.
In the event you cannot upload your entry to the Website you may, in the alternative, send your submission on tapes/discs. Tapes/discs entries must be postmarked by no later than March 5, 2014.
All tapes/discs should be sent to:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Human Resources.
Two separate copies of the entries must be submitted on VHS, Betacam or Betacam SP, or DVD in the following two (2) formats:
- (a) One (1) tape/disc (not for screening by Judges) - format must include the following: (a) a :05 second slate containing the title, school name, student name(s) and total running time (TRT); and (b) the accompanying tape/disc package must be clearly labeled with the title of the news piece, school name and student names. The length of the slate will not be included in the length of the overall piece.
- (b) One (1) tape/disc (for screening by Judges) - format will include the following: (a) :05 second slate containing the title and total running time (TRT); and
- (b) the accompanying tape/disc package must clearly be labeled with the title of the news piece only. The length of the slate will not be included in the length of the overall piece. No other identifying names, logos, etc., should appear anywhere on, or within the news piece with this second tape or disc.
By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of FOX News Channel and the Judges, which shall be final in all respects and on all aspects pertaining to this Contest. All entries must be original, and by entering you hereby assert that nothing in your entry infringes on any copyrights or trademarks, or violates any person's rights of privacy or publicity. All entries must comply with television news industry standards.
Any non-conforming entries, as determined in FOX News Channel's sole discretion, will be disqualified. FOX News Channel assumes no responsibility if for any reason, your submission cannot be viewed as intended. FOX News Channel is not responsible for any errors in Contest related materials, or lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete or illegible entries. In the event that there are no entries that comply with television news industry standards, as determined in FOX News Channel's sole discretion, FOX News Channel may not award the prize.
This Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, who are undergraduate students at an accredited four year college or university, studying ANY major. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. Winners may be required to execute an affidavit swearing to compliance with these eligibility requirements. Current and former employees of FOX News Channel, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, agencies and assigns, and their immediate family members (spouse and parents, children and siblings, and their spouses), as well as individuals living in the same household of each are not eligible.
The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The entries must be the students' original work product and shall not be publicly disseminated in any manner prior to the final judging of the Contest.
Tapes will be judged by a panel consisting of FOX News Channel staff members who are integral in the newsgathering, production and presentation of objective news. Judges' selections are final. The judges will only view the unmarked uploaded entry or the unmarked tape or disc, so that no judge will be aware of either the students or schools involved with each submission. Judging will be based and weighted on the following criteria:
- Presentation of the story in an objective manner - all sides fairly and equitably represented. (20%)
- No pre-determined bias. No assumptions or conclusions - report the story and let the audience decide. (20%)
- Overall execution of the idea. (20%)
- Quality of the production including video, audio, editing, writing and use of chyrons, lighting, graphics and other visual or audio affects. (20%)
- Overall quality of the piece. (20%)
One winning submission will be selected. The creator(s) of the winning submission will receive a $10,000 scholarship, to be divided equally among team members (if applicable), payable by FOX News Channel company check(s). Members of the winning team who are attending classes in the Fall of 2014 as undergraduates, are eligible to apply for a college associate position with Fox News Network, provided they satisfy all standard requirements per FOX News policies. Members of the winning team who are seniors will be invited to interview for an entry level position with the Fox News Network, L.L.C.
FOX News Channel will send the creator(s) of the winning submission to New York City to tour the FOX News Channel studios and may include an appearance on FOX News Channel to talk about their entry and their experience. The trip for the creator(s) of the winning submission to New York City includes round trip coach airfare, ground transportation to and from the New York City airport and hotel, two (2) nights standard hotel accommodations; (specific dates to be determined by FOX News Channel); and One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) in spending money for each member of the winning team. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Grand Prize is up to $13,000 per winner (may be less depending on the number of team members).
6. PRIZE RESTRICTIONS:
No transfer or substitution of prizes permitted by winner(s), except that FOX News Channel reserves the right to award a prize of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability. Winner(s) will be contacted by telephone, regular mail or e-mail. Potential winners forfeit the prize if not claimed within three (3) days of first attempted notification, whether notification is by e-mail, regular mail or telephone, or, if after reasonable attempts are made, notification is unsuccessful.
The actual value will vary depending on winner's city of departure. If the actual value turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. All expenses not specifically included, including but not limited to any taxes or expenses as set forth, are the sole responsibility of Winner(s). Winner(s) must travel on dates specified by Fox News Channel, or may forfeit prize. Selected airline and hotel are at the sole discretion of the Fox News Channel. If winner(s) reside(s) within a reasonable distance of New York City, FOX News Channel may substitute transportation.
7. PROPERTY RIGHTS:
Once submitted, all entries become the property of the Sponsor and no entries will be acknowledged or returned. Submission of entry grants Sponsor and its agents the right to publish, use, adapt, edit and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitations and without further consideration to entrants. Submission of entry further constitutes entrants' consent to irrevocably transfer to Sponsor all rights, title and interest in the entry including without limitation, the copyright.
By submitting any material, you represent and warrant that you are the exclusive owner of the submitted material; that you have the full authority to make this representation and warranty and to submit the submitted material; and that Sponsor's use of material containing features or elements similar to or identical to those contained in the submitted material shall not obligate Sponsor to negotiate with you nor entitle you to any compensation if Sponsor determines it has an independent legal right to use the other material which is not derived from you. You further acknowledge that you are submitting the submitted material to Sponsor voluntarily and not in confidence, and that no confidential relationship is intended or created between you and Sponsor in any way. No submissions will be acknowledged or returned. Submitted material must be your original work, must not have been previously published, and must not infringe the rights of any third party.
8. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:
Potential winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and, where legal, a publicity release within 14 days of first attempted notification. In the event of non-compliance with these requirements, potential winners' entry may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected at FOX News Channel's discretion.
All entrants agree to permit FOX News Channel to publicize their entry on its web site and in any other media, and use their entries for FOX News Channel marketing/advertising materials in all media and in perpetuity and for any and all purposes. Furthermore, upon submission, entrant waives any and all right to his/her right to privacy or publicity in connection with the entry. By entering, entrants agree to the use of the winner's name and likeness for purposes of advertising and promotion without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.
By entering, participants release and hold harmless FOX News Channel, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability or injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in this Contest or acceptance or use of any prize.
This Contest is governed by the laws of the United States and the State of New York, without respect to conflict of law doctrines. As a condition of participating in this Contest, participants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in New York County, New York having jurisdiction.
Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participants be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including attorneys' fees, other than participant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. costs associated with entering), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
10. PUBLICATION OF WINNERS:
After the Contest has concluded, the winners will be published on the Website. A list of winners may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope by June 2, 2014 to FOX News Channel, Winners List Request, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 Attention: Legal Department.
The Sponsor of this Contest is FOX News Network, LLC, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.
Dos and Don'ts
Be Objective: Avoid bias in reporting by not injecting your feelings or prejudice into the story.
Be Fair: Present all sides of the story. Make sure each perspective has equal weight.
Be Truthful: Your goal as a reporter is to seek out the truth. Make sure your research and investigation information are sound before reporting anything that could be deemed inaccurate.
Be Professional: You’re submitting a hard-hitting news story to Fox News Channel, the most powerful name in news. Therefore, your attire, language and the production of your news piece should reflect that.
Be Clear: Execute the ideas of your story logically and effectively in a manner and order that makes the most sense to your audience.
Be On-Camera: Put yourself in front of the camera to present the story, even if your name or university can’t be used (per contest rules).
Be Concise: Your package must be between 1:30 – 3:00 minutes or it will be disqualified.
Present only one side of the story.
Seek assistance beyond your professor for your news piece.
Mention your name or fellow student’s names in the news piece.
Mention the name or make any reference to your university, including mascots, logos, etc.
Procrastinate. Submit early to avoid technical problems and sacrificing quality.
2013 NYC Horse Carriages
Hofstra University students take a look at the horse carriage removal controversy.
2012 Wolf Controversy
University of Montana's piece on the Wolf Controversy
2011 Puppy Mill Debate
University of Missouri-Columbia students report on the controversy over breeders.
2010 Revitalization of Gary, Indiana
Ball State University student reports on the economic recovery of a midwest town.
2009 The Akaka Bill
Winners from University of Hawai'i examine controversial state legislation.
2008 Social Immigration
A team from USC at Fullerton tackles immigration issues.
frequently asked questions FAQ
Where can I send feedback about the contest?
You can send general feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I have read all of the FAQs and I’m still having a problem entering?
If you are still encountering difficulties signing up or submitting your news piece, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com and inform us of your questions. Please make sure to include a detailed description of the situation, your full name and the type of browser and version you use. Please see Official Rules for more details, legal disclosures and entry requirements.
For contestants submitting their video package via mail, please print and fill out the Entry Form and send in with your submission.
Contestants using the online Entry Form and uploading process do not need to print out this form.
Download and print the Official Fox News Channel College Challenge 2014 Flyer and spread the word about this premier journalism competition.
Contestants can print out the attached official Fox News Channel College Challenge Rules.