We’ve extended the deadline - Send in your essays

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Due to overwhelming interest in our annual essay contest, we’ve extended the deadline for entries to July 30 at noon.

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

This year’s topic is 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.

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. Are you convincing? Tell us verbally how you feel.

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

Entries will be accepted until July 30 at noon.

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 July 30 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 August 6.

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 an upcoming issue of the Moultrie News.

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