COMPETITION & INFORMATION
KEY DATES & REQUIREMENTS
THE CCSE PODCAST COMPETITION
The Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement sponsors this competition to encourage undergraduate research, improve multimedia presentation skills, and give students an opportunity to win cash prizes.
Top Prize – $600
2nd Place Prize – $400
All qualified entries receive $100 *
*Cash prizes are awarded per podcast entry.
To be eligible for the final competition and qualified to receive cash prizes, each competitor must:
_/ Be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Purdue University, West Lafayette AND
_/ Submit a completed application with podcast proposal AND
_/ Be advanced to the production submission round AND
_/ Attend 1 C-SPAN Video Library training session AND
_/ Submit their original production podcast with 3 C-SPAN audio clips, abstract, summary and source citations
PODCAST COMPETITION RESOURCES
Competitors are eligible to reserve recording time in the audio booth.
To reserve recording time in the audio booth, contact Toni DeAztlan-Smith at email@example.com.
Time slots are limited. No guarantee of availability.
C-SPAN Video Library Resource
How To Guide Create, Download and Insert C-SPAN Video Clips
How to Make a Podcast
Recording and Editing
- Garageband – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n38qu0c-3bs
- Audacity – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3hjqg0V6Ck
- Solo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQXoLS0SxTs&t=56s
- Interview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVgjtcg46kY
COMPETITION IMPORTANT DATES
Application Deadline: February 19, 2024
Top 20 Applications Selected: Feb 26, 2024
Mandatory Training Sessions: Feb 21,2024
Final Podcast Submission: March 6, 2024
5: Exceptional 4: Very Good 3: Average 2: Weak 1: Unacceptable
Audio Production and Sound Quality
- How clear, clean and well-balanced was the audio?
- How well was the editing done?
- How well did the music or other post-production techniques enhance the story?
- How well was the topic conveyed from beginning to end?
- How clear was the narrative structure of tahe podcast and the information presented?
- How well did the C-SPAN audio enhance the overall narrative?
- How was the quality of the host and/or guest speakers?
- How well did the podcast engage audience attention?
- How engaged with and committed to the audience did the creator seem, as evidenced in the podcast?
Competition Rules and Information
There are 2 rounds to the competition.
Round 1 – Competitors select one of the 3 prompts and submit a podcast proposal
Round 2 - Top 20 proposals will be selected to produce and submit their proposed original podcast.
Create a 15-minute narrative format podcast and include audio from the C-SPAN Video Library.
- Podcasts cannot be less than 14 minutes and cannot exceed 16 minutes.
- The genre is narrative style and should provide a complete listening experience with a clear beginning, middle and ending. Narrative style podcasts are story-driven and focus on putting together the right story using interviews, sounds, music and a scripted narration by the host.
- Feature at least 3 audio clips from the C-SPAN Video Library that enhance the narrative – total combined time for all C-SPAN clips cannot exceed 5 minutes.
One entry per student or group.
- Individual students may only submit one entry for the competition.
- Group size not to exceed 3 students with one entry per group.
- Groups must select one group member to submit proposal with all group members listed and final podcast entry.
Upload the final production podcast audio file to SoundCloud and share the link: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Final production podcast must include a summary and source citation to be emailed separately to email@example.com
Competitors must adhere to the following for their final production podcast:
- All submissions must consist of the original creative work of the competitor(s) and must not have been otherwise published or submitted elsewhere for publication.
- Competitor(s) are entirely responsible for the content of their Podcast, including ensuring that all necessary permissions have been granted for any third-party content incorporated into the Podcast.
- Consistent with the access to and fair use of C-SPAN copyrighted materials, Competitor(s) agree that they shall not use their Podcast submission for any purpose other than the CCSE Podcast Competition without the express, written permission of C-SPAN and Purdue University.
Help sessions will be held online:
- February 21, 2024
You must attend online help sessions or pass the C-SPAN Video Library quiz with a 100%
Competitors will select one of the 3 prompts below.
Behind the Headlines
Tell the story of a policy, issue, or headline topic you care about and find the history and/or legislation behind it.
Famous, but Did You Know
Pick a famous figure and find interviews or information on them not commonly known including any appearances on Capitol Hill, campaign events, discussion panels, author talks, etc…
Purdue Innovations and Change Makers
Select an event, person, or innovation important to Purdue and tell the story about your topic and why it is important to Purdue.
Sources for Purdue Innovation and History topics:
- Purdue Libraries E-Archives - https://earchives.lib.purdue.edu/digital/
- The Exponent - https://www.purdueexponent.org/
- Purdue News - https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/
- THiNK Magazine - https://cla.purdue.edu/think/
- Office of Research and Partnerships - https://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/
- Book by John Norberg: Ever True: 150 Years of Giant Leaps at Purdue University
AUDIO BOOTH RESERVATIONS
To reserve audio booth recording time contact Toni DeAztlan-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Time slots are limited.
Behind the Headlines: Tell the story of a policy, issue, or headline topic you care about and find the history and/or legislation behind it.
1st Place: Quentin Lovejoy, Angelina Robertson, Anna Wrobel
Famous, but Did You Know: Pick a famous figure and find interviews or information on them not commonly known including any appearances on Capitol Hill, campaign events, discussion panels, author talks, etc…