UNCA student Sarah Rothman’s video takes first place in national contest (video)

Sarah Rothman, a junior at UNC Asheville majoring in multimedia, won first prize in the creative category and the grand prize in a national media competition last week, and landed a $1,000 prize, a Motorola tablet computer, along with an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, as reported in an Asheville Citizen-Times article.

The competition — called the “Cable Center’s Cable Mavericks Masters Forum: One Day Degree in Cable Creative and Technology Challenge” —  challenged college students to change the way people watch television. There were two categories, the “Technology Challenge” and the “Creative Challenge.” Here’s the pitch for the Creative Challenge from the contest organizers:

We now watch television programming on mobile phones, tablet computers, laptops, and some of us still even watch TV on TV. Put yourself in the producer’s seat.  Consider the full potential of our multi-platform cable universe.  Consider what this world can and will do for TV shows. In three minutes or less, on video, pitch us an idea for a show that takes advantage of this new cable TV multi-platform world.  The show can be in any format – from reality, sitcom, hour long drama, talk show or even a format that doesn’t exist yet – and make sure you specifically address how this show unfolds using these new technologies and opportunities.  The pitch can be in any format – shoot some scenes or present your idea straight to camera – as long as it’s done in three minutes or less, and done on video.

Challenge the television paradigm – from mind blowing new technology to the next must-see television show.  Enter the Cable Mavericks Masters Forum Technology & Creative Challenge today!  Great prize packages including the chance to present your ideas live to a panel of industry judges in New York City.

Here’s Rothman’s video:

For more on the contest and other submissions, visit cablemavericks.org

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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