Video requirements

Video Requirements: choose narrative or documentary 

Duration: Three 30-second videos or one 3-minute video 

Narrative video requirements:

  • Video is narrative (using fiction and storytelling to advocate for a cause)

  • Video has audio narration 

  • Video includes music 

  • Video includes closed caption 

  • Script requirements will vary depending on topic

  • Include the hashtags on screen, at the beginning and the end

Documentary video requirements: 

  • Video is documentary

  • Video has audio narration 

  • Video has a least one interview or quote from another person 

  • Video includes design elements 

  • Video includes graphics to help explain the issue 

Present to the instructor for review and your project will be published on our social media and website.

Graphic Design Requirements: 3 design works or series

Size: 1080x1080  (Instagram template)

3 works or 3 series to promote the advocacy issue on the web and via email. 

  • Work must be original 

  • All research and images included must have a source listed

  • Three to five colors 

  • Each design should include at least one image of a person 

  • Include two font sizes 

  • Include a personal touch such as your initials or your own unique logo

Graphic Design requirements

Writing Letters Requirements

  • Use the proper greeting, for example:

The Honorable (first name) (last name) 

Address

City, State, Zip code

Dear (Assembly Member / Senator) (last name)

  • Write in your own words.

  • Be sincere and normal; don't worry about being 'formal'. 

  • Tell the reader a little bit about yourself. 

  • Be courteous and informative in your communication.

  • State the purpose of the letter in the opening sentence and if you are referring to a bill, include the bill number, author and topic.

  • If you live in the elected official’s district be sure to say this in the opening paragraph as well.

  • Focus on the message and key points.

  • Personalize the letter by including examples of how the legislation might impact you and your family, or impact someone you know.

  • Keep the letter brief – not more than one page. Minimum 200 words, maximum 500 words. 

  • Restate your request at the end of the letter, for example:

urging them to support or oppose the bill. Thank the legislator for his or her support and offer to address any questions that he or she might have. Be sure to include your contact information, and sign the letter.

Letter writing requirements

Infographic: One 8.5x11 page or 3-slide Instagram series 

  • Work must be original 

  • All research and images included must have a source listed

  • Three to five colors 

  • Each design should include at least one image of a person 

  • Include two font sizes 

  • Include a personal touch such as your initials or your own unique logo

  • Save your file as jpeg or PNG.

  • Email Shereka your file(s) as an attachment. All files must be named FirstNameLastName_ProjectName.

  • Projects with missing requirements will not receive credit.

  • Research and pick 2 different topics of your choice from the list provided on your syllabus to create an infographic. An infographic is a collection of imagery, charts, and minimal text that gives an easy-to-understand overview of a topic. Research must be sourced from credible sources and included in the graph.

Infographic

Writing an Op-Ed

Project description: Research and pick a topic of your choice from the list provided on your syllabus that you have not worked on already to create an article. An op-ed, short for "opposite the editorial page" or as an acronym the "opinions and editorials page", is a written prose piece typically published by a newspaper or magazine which expresses the opinion of an author. Projects that do not meet all of the requirements will not receive credit. 

Graphic Design Requirements: 1 letter

Size: letter template on Canva

  • Work must be original.

  • All research and images included must have a source listed.

  • 500-1,000 words.

  • Times New Roman. 

  • 12 point font.

  • Must attend 2 classes before the due date to receive credit. 

  • Proofread and make edits when necessary. 

  • Email Shereka your file(s) as an attachment. Your subject line should be Project Name Submission and all files must be named FirstNameLastName_ProjectName.

  • Projects with missing requirements will not receive credit. 

  • Use the free tool, grammarly

  • For how to cite photographs, click here

  • For in text citation, click here

  • For how to cite your source, click here

  • For more information on avoiding plagiarism, click here

 

Tips for writing a good article:

  • Decide what your article will be about.

  • Research the topic of your article.

  • First paragraph: In the first few sentences, answer these questions

    • Who?

    • What?

    • When?

    • Where?

    • Why?

  • Grab the reader's attention in the first sentence with a question or something unexpected like a quote or statement. 

  • Give as much detail and include one or two quotes from someone who was interviewed or from someone the article relates to. Be objective. Use active verbs and write in third person. Be concise in your information (don’t discuss oranges when your article is about apples).

  • Last paragraph, round off your article. End with a catchy phrase or quote.

  • Decide the appropriate places for illustrations and photographs. 

  • Proof-read your article and make edits where necessary.