What's Your News Video Competition

 

Send us a video of yourself talking about your news to share with children around the world and win some fantastic prizes!

What can I win?

First prize

  • you can have your video made professionally by the What's Your News? team and see it on the LearnEnglish Kids website
  • a Flip Video™ Camcorder
  • a What's Your News? and British Council goody bag
  • a competition certificate

Runners Up

  • a Flip Video™ Camcorder
  • a What's Your News? and British Council goody bag
  • a competition certificate

All entrants

  • every entrant will receive a competition certificate

What do I need to do?

Make a video clip with audio (2 minutes maximum) telling us about your news. Use the following questions to help you:

  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • Who was there?
  • Where were you?
  • How did you feel?

Remember! Make your video fun to watch!

See the example video below of a bilingual child talking about her news. Click on Instructions to see an example of an English language learner telling us her news.

Who can enter?

  • Learners of English as a second or foreign language aged 6-8
  • Learners of English as a second or foreign language aged 9-12
  • English, bilingual or multilingual children aged 6-8
  • English, bilingual or multilingual children aged 9-12

You can enter on your own or with a friend. There is a first prize for each of the catgories above as well as prizes for runners up. We also have lots of goody bags to give away.

How will the winners be chosen?

A panel of judges from What's Your News? and the British Council will choose 4 winners: one from each category. The panel will judge your entry on:

  • original ideas when choosing the subject for Your News
  • the imagination and creativity shown in presenting Your News
  • the clarity of the English in the video (the child should be easy to understand when speaking)

How do I enter?

  • Read the Instructions carefully first before making your video.
  • Read the Terms and conditions before entering the competition.
  • Make your video clip of Your News.
  • You must have permission from your parents to enter. Ask your parent(s) to register and upload your video.

How do I upload my video?

Between June 24th and October 15th your parent(s) will be able to upload your video. Make sure your camera settings are for a minimum video size of 640x360 (widescreen 16:9) or 640x480 (normal 4:3). You can also upload the following file formats: avi .dv .mov .qt .mpg .mpg2 .mpeg2 .mpeg4 .mp4 .3gp .3g2 .asf .wmv .flv. If you are using a mobile phone make sure you film in landscape.

I'm a teacher - how can I get my students involved?

See the Lesson plan for ideas on using the competition with your class. Unfortunately, we can't accept whole class entries and all entrants must have the permission of their parents. Therefore we suggest you introduce the activity in class and children film and upload their videos with their parents.

I'm a parent - how can I help my child enter?

See the Lesson plan for ideas on using the competition with your child. All entrants must have the permission of their parents and the registration form must be completed by a parent.