Vietnam Voices Student Video Contest
In advance of this fall’s highly anticipated PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War, KCPT invites students to capture local stories related to the war. Winning entries will be screened for the public and featured on KCPT’s website. Winning students will meet the film’s directors, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, on Sept. 8, 2017!
How to Enter
- Identify a veteran, civilian, refugee, citizen, activist or other individual with a first-person story to tell related to the Vietnam War.
- Record an interview with the person (find interview and recording tips below), and ask the person you interviewed to complete the Interviewee Release. If they have images, audio or video that you can use in your video, ask them to sign the second part of the Interviewee Release.
- Edit the interview into a two- to four-minute video that relates to the theme, Vietnam Voices. Be creative! Incorporate the audio, video and/or images provided by your interviewee, or look for public domain or Creative Commons (Attribution CC BY) materials to enhance your production.
- Upload your edited video to YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox.
- Submit your entry by completing the entry form and emailing your completed Interviewee Release along with your Student Video Producer Release(s) to vietnam[at]kcpt.org before July 1, 2017.
Videos will be evaluated based on interview quality, narrative, connection to theme, production value, creativity and adherence to guidelines and instructions.
Make this a classroom activity! This condensed lesson plan provides connections to Missouri and Kansas curriculum standards in English/language arts and social studies. Find more lesson plans, instructional videos and educator resources on the left side of this page.
Children or young adults ages 10 to 24, as well as adults enrolled as students in a college or university, may participate. Participants over the age of 21 should not be (or ever have been) a paid media or history professional. Videos can be produced by individuals or groups of no more than five, but videos must be solely the product of eligible participants. Videos should be approximately two to four minutes long. All videos should include an original interview and a clear connection to the Vietnam War and, if applicable, the Kansas City area or surrounding region. Any included titles should use Helvetica or Arial fonts. Videos should not contain copyrighted materials without permission or other materials that might infringe on another’s rights.
Interview and Video Production Tips
- Tips for Interviews and Video Production (KCPT)
- How to Do an Oral History About the Impact of the Vietnam Era (PBS)
- Oral History Tips (University of California – Berkeley Library)
- Tips for Interviewing Someone You Know (Youth Radio)
- Tips for Interviewing Experts (Youth Radio)
- How to Record an Oral History Interview (University of Leicester)
- How to Make an Oral History Interview (Japanese American National Museum)
- Top 10 Tips for Shooting Better Video/Top 10 Tips for Recording Better Sound (WGBH Teachers’ Domain)
- SRL Video Tutorial Series (PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs)
Resources For Public Domain or Creative Commons Materials
- Creative Commons (images, audio and video)
- Internet Archive (public domain search for audio, video, images, documents and more)
- Flickr Creative Commons (images)
- Free Music Archive (audio)
Lesson Plans for Educators
- Vietnam Voices Activity (KCPT)
- Curating Vietnam Veterans’ Oral Histories (Maryland Public Television)
- Tell Me Your Stories (Living Legacies Historical Foundation)
- DIY Toolkit: The Art Of The Interview (Youth Radio)
- Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)
- Interviewing: The Art of Asking Questions (PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs)
- Production (PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs)
PBS Learning Media Resources for Educators
- Improving Your Camera Skills: K–12 Classroom Video Production (video)
- Capturing Better Audio: K12 Classroom Video Production (video)
- Editing Video: K12 Classroom Video Production (video)
- Tips on Conducting Interviews | Video Production: Behind the Scenes with the Pros (video)
- Learning Through Video Production (professional development)
- Classroom Video Production (professional development)