On May 15—one month from today—FIRE’s first annual "Freedom on Campus" video contest will come to a close. This is an exciting chance for college students to make a video about free speech and First Amendment issues on campus and win a $5,000 cash prize and more.
FIRE is looking for a video about an incident that happened on your campus (or at another) where any kind of speech was punished or stifled. Think of a time on campus where you might have heard about a student, a student group, or a faculty member getting in trouble for protesting or saying something controversial. Or maybe a group was denied recognition and funding because of its beliefs. Perhaps there’s a speech code in your school’s student handbook that you believe is unconstitutional, or you’ve been forced to speak your mind within the confines of your campus’s "free speech zone." Maybe a peaceful protest was shut down by the campus police, and an unpopular viewpoint was silenced.
To get some inspiration, take a look at the documentaries we have produced on several cases around the country. While we are not necessarily looking for submissions of the same quality as our documentaries, the video you submit should engage with a basic understanding of the law and what’s right and wrong when it comes to free speech on college campuses.
In order to enter, read the rules and regulations, fill out the online form, and upload your video from your computer. We will also accept mailed entries to:
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Attn: Video Contest
601 Walnut Street, Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19106