Final entries will be judged by our Blue-Ribbon Judges Panel consisting of:
Angela Lyons, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Economic and Financial Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Martin Merzer, Pulitzer Prize Winner and former Senior Reporter, Miami Herald; President of Martin Merzer Creative Services Inc.
Michael Price, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Laura Schwartz, Former Special Assistant to the President and the White House Director of Events, Clinton Administration; Principal, The White House Strategies
Charles Wise, Professor and Founding Director of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University
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Entries will be judged based on the following criteria. The Essay should be innovative/original, well researched, economically and politically sound, and should be something that young people would be drawn into. The video should capture viewer’s attention. It should serve as a motivator for people to talk about the issue, spread the word by forwarding the video to others, and read the Essay so they could fully understand the issue at hand.
Each component of the judging criteria carries a different weight and has a certain number of points that can be allocated. The team with the highest number of TOTAL points wins the competition.
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1. The Quality of the Essay. (How well is the essay written, logically organized, etc.) _____/15
2 The Originality/Creativity in Presenting the Issue. (Is this a new perspective? Is it an old perspective that has been enhanced?) _____/15
3. The Soundness of Analysis. (Is the essay based on a strong foundation of economic and social science research?) _____/15
4. The Soundness of Policy Analysis. (Is the essay based on solid policy research?) _____/10
5. How likely is it that young people will be motivated by the Essay? (Would this motivate young people to alter their saving behavior?) _____/20
TOTAL POINTS FOR THE ESSAY SECTION: _________/75
1.The Quality of the Video. (Is the sound quality good? Is the picture quality good? etc.) _____/10
2. The Originality of the Video. (How original /creative is the video?) _____/15
3. Thought Provoking/Attention Grabbing. (Does this video catch and keep your attention? Does it make you think about it after you saw it?) _____/20
4. How well does it express the basic issue at hand ? (Does it effectively illustrate the basic problem and / or solution?) _____/15
5. Does it motivate young people to take action? (Does it make you want to do something? Would you pass the video on to friends, family, etc.?) _____/15
TOTAL POINTS FOR THE VIDEO SECTION: _________/75
TOTAL POINTS FOR THE ENTIRE ENTRY: __________________/150