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Submissions due by May 15

So, you're thinking about making an AUDIO PROJECT for CRI's Youth Media Contest and taking a shot at winning a $1000 grand prize?


Well, good for you.  Here are some things you might want to think about.

Contest Rules
You can read the contest rules here. The contest is open to middle school, high school and college students. Youth can work by themselves or in groups, as part of a class, club or after school program, or independently.

Audio Project Specifications

Audio projects should be less than 4 minutes and should relate to one or more of the themes of Courageous Rhode Island. The best projects will tackle important topics including developing media literacy, celebrating free speech, countering disinformation, and preventing division and radicalization.

Audio projects can take the form of podcasts, music, public service announcements, or news  stories. But whichever topic you choose to cover and format you use to communicate your message, your project should show off your effort in creativity as well as your perspective on how active listening, kindness and compassion can help us bridge the divides that are harming our communities. 

Check out this playlist for inspiration for your audio project.

Judges & Criteria

Audio projects will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges and evaluated against other submissions from students of the same level of education--so middle schoolers will be competing against other middles schoolers and so on. And these judges will not just look at technical achievement, but also the project's connections to the contest's themes, their clarity and originality. 

Artist Statements

And in addition to your project, you'll be ask to write a 300-word artist statement in which you talk about the hard work you put into your project. For example, you might answer the following questions:

  1. Why did you chose this topic?

  2. What creative decisions did you make?

  3. What impact do you hope to have?

Judges will also review these statements, looking for student who demonstrate real effort and are thoughtfully reflecting on how their project might do some good in their community. 

Submitting on Film Freeway

Submissions will be open until May 15th. The video below provides step-by-step instructions for submitting the projects on the contest's Film Freeway site. 



Contact the Contest Director at with any questions about the contest, guidelines, awards, or if you have any trouble submitting your project on Film Freeway.  

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