Speech by Sandy Close | Press conference for Video & Essay Contest to tell the Humanistic Stories of the Current Pandemic

Honorary Advisor of “In time of COVID-19”  – A Video Essay Contest to tell the Humanistic Stories of the Current Pandemic

Founder of Ethnic Media ServiceThe end of an era for New America Media | KALW

Sandy started her career covering China and Vietnam as an editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in the mid-1960s. She became editor of Pacific News Service in 1974 and was a pioneer in developing youth media. In 1996, she founded New America Media, the first and largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations. Her work has received several awards, including a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” and the 2011 Polk Award for Career Achievement. In 1996, a film she co-produced, Breathing Lessons, won an Academy Award for the best short documentary. She founded Ethnic Media Services in 2017 to continue her work amplifying and elevating the voices of ethnic media.


DingDing TV (Silicon Valley Innovation Channel and Voice of Asian Americans) and CLUSA together with our 16 partners are promoting a Video Essay Contest to tell the Humanistic Stories of the current pandemic. In a matter of months, COVID-19 has spread to every corner of our world causing deaths, wreaking havoc to our bodies, our well-being, our health care, and economic systems.

Purpose of the “In Time of COVID-19” Video Essay Contest:

Every calamity carries its own humanistic stories. We believe that the current pandemic has generated a treasure trove of interesting stories about humanity in all its spectrums. Stories about greed, selfishness, and scapegoating on the one side, but also stories about generosity, heroism, kindness, and outstanding services to fellow human beings on the other.

This “In Time COVID-19” Video Essay Contest is open to all independent journalists, ethnic Media, event organizers, and civic organization contestants. Contestants are required to submit in English a horizontal video of less than one minute in length to be accompanied by a written essay of fewer than 600 words. The theme should focus on the uplifting and inspirational stories relating to the current pandemic. Submissions are accepted immediately and opened until May 30, 2020.

A diverse panel of Judges will select one (1) First Prize Winner ($3,000), two (2) Second Prize winners ($1,500 each), and three (3) Third Prize winners ($1,000 each). Additionally, a $1000 prize will be awarded to the Most Popular entrance as selected by Viewer’s Choice.

Contest Information and Rules Please visit: http://www.dingdingtv.com/?p=57035
Email to: contest@dingdingtv.com


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