Media Sandbox Creative Challenge Focuses on Issues Facing College Students

Posted on: February 5, 2016

Media Sandbox Challenge 2016 posterThis year’s Media Sandbox Creative Challenge is to choose an issue facing college students, such as binge drinking, sexual assault or depression, and craft a unique, creative message that will help MSU students deal with that issue.

“This year the challenge is more personal,” said Karl Gude, Media Sandbox faculty member and Graphics Editor in Residence for the School of Journalism. “It deals with how to help students handle some of the problems they face in college. I hope that the groups will find creative and workable solutions that will help students heal and deal with these issues.”

The Media Sandbox Creative Challenge is in it’s fifth year and there are no limits to what students may create. This is the first year the Media Sandbox is not dictating what students have to produce.

“It’s up to them to create a media campaign that will get the job done,” Gude said.

The challenge theme was chosen because Media Sandbox faculty wanted students to use their communication skills to help each other, rather than have them work on a corporate- or college-focused theme, as they have in the past.

Students who participate may do so alone or as a team and will need to choose one of the following topics:

  • binge drinking
  • sexual assault
  • depression
  • anorexia
  • anxiety
  • obesity
  • racism
  • suicide

They then must craft a unique, creative message to help their fellow students with this issue.

Although plenty of students have entered previous competitions, “the challenge for them is finishing it,” Gude said. “This year, however, we will have set a series of completion goals throughout the semester that will help students stay on task.”

The prizes are $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second and $1,000 for third.

Judges for this year’s competition will include highly successful alumni from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, chosen by faculty and administrators.

For more information on the competition, including deadlines and progressive goals, see the Media Sandbox Creative Challenge web page.

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