Annual essay contest: What does freedom of the press mean to you?

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014


The Moultrie News will once again sponsor an essay contest in coordination with local attorney Larry Kobrovsky.

This year's topic will be the meaning of freedom of the press.

Freedom of the Press in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This clause is generally understood as prohibiting the government from interfering with the printing and distribution of information or opinions, although freedom of the press, like freedom of speech, is subject to some restrictions, such as defamation law and copyright law.

The Free Press Clause protects the right of individuals to express themselves through publication and dissemination of information, ideas and opinions without interference, constraint or prosecution by the government.

This annual essay contest has been popular within the community. We've added a new twist this year in which submissions can be accepted in the form of a video essay.

The essay and video contest is open to all middle school and high school students as well as adults.

Entries will be accepted until June 25 at noon.

The Moultrie News is celebrating 50 years in business and that would not be possible without the freedoms granted to United States citizens such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

After winning a federal lawsuit based on the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, longtime attorney Larry Kobrovsky wanted to make people more aware of the language of the Constitution, so he began a community-wide essay contest. “I'm convinced that the Constitution is the foundation of our way of life and why we're exceptional,” he said.

“The more people who are aware of it and wrestle with the language, the better off we'll be.”

The details

•Written essays

Teachers with the most students participating from their classes will be awarded $250.

Prizes are as follows:

High School – First place: $250

Middle School – First place: $100

Adult – First place: $250

Judges will look for organized, clear and persuasive writing, and essays will be judged based on content, organization, style and grammar.

Essays must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman font.

Middle school students should write no more than 300 words; high school students and adults should write no more than 500 words.

Essays will only be accepted by emailing editor@moultrienews.com no later than June 25 at noon. Faxed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Include your name, email address and phone number.

In addition, if you are a student, also include your school, grade and teacher.

Judges will not see this information. Winners will be announced July 30.

Winners' essays and photos will be printed in the Moultrie News.

•Video essays

Maximum length of video essays can only be three minutes. Essays can be recorded in teams of no more than three. If selected as a winner, team members must split the prize.

There are multiple submission processes for the videos.

– CDs (clear post mark dates) can be mailed to Moultrie News Editor, 134 Columbus Street, Charleston, SC 29403.

– Videos can be attached as a Facebook message to the Moultrie News Facebook page.

– Videos can be emailed to editor@moultrienews.com. Video judging will be based on creativity, clarity and persuasiveness.

Teachers with the most students participating from their classes will be awarded $250.

Prizes are as follows:

High School – First place: $250

Middle School – First place: $100

Adult – First place: $250

Winners' photos will be printed in the Moultrie News.

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