Damian Green MP invites students to enter video competition on fake news

Damian Green MP is encouraging all local A-level students in Ashford to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Competition, now in its seventh year. 

The PSA holds many activities to engage young people in the study of politics, and the annual film competition, sponsored by YouGov, is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2017-18.

This year’s competition asks students to explore the question: “Fake News: Is this the end of facts?”. Groups of students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, examining what fake news is, what effect it may be having on the political landscape and what it means for expert opinion and ‘factual’ knowledge. 

Damian Green MP for Ashford said: “We cannot undervalue the importance of engaging young people in politics and I encourage all local A-level students to take part in this competition and submit their ideas and videos.  Good luck to all Ashford students taking part.”

Shortlisted groups will be invited to Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics.  Previous jurors have included Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Victoria Derbyshire.

The winners of the Schools' Short Video Competition will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster.  This year’s ceremony takes place on 5 December in London.  On top of this, the winning students get a week’s work experience with the YouGov political team during their school holidays.

Full competition details for 2017 and how to enter are published on the PSA’s website at:  www.psa.ac.uk