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The 2019 BPM Student Challenge

The 2019 BPM Student Challenge will be announced soon. The exciting news is that it will be expanded to include tertiary students with more prizes and a new subject/question about public media.

So get your thinking caps on now, keep your eye on this page for more info and become a member or supporter of Better Public Media to receive updates on the competition.Student Challenge graphic.jpg

















Here's the details from last year's competition

Better Public Media is issuing a challenge to secondary school students around Aotearoa/New Zealand. And there are useful cash prizes to win.

The challenge is to create content about publicly-funded and independent media. The 2018 topic is:

Why is public media important for New Zealand?

By public media we mean non-commercial, publicly-funded, public interest media. Think about the need for non-commercial spaces and voices in our media - old and new. Should it be accessible to all New Zealanders and if so how?

The prizes are:

  • First Prize - $1000
  • Second Prize - $500
  • And there’s a school prize of $500 for the top winning entry.


Rules and Eligibility

Entry is open to all students enrolled in Years 10 to 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. It helps to be studying English and Media Studies but is not essential. Entries can comprise:

  1. A written essay, of up to 1200 words.
  2. Short film/documentary, maximum duration of 7 minutes. The production can be a team effort of eligible students (with the prize to be shared).
  3. Authored blog or other online platform, with text up to 1500 words.
  4. A research report, which reviews the literature in a thorough fashion but may also include original field research (up to 1500 words).
  5. Something else – ask us by email to

Judging will be done by BPM Trustees and any decisions will be final. The submission deadline has been extended to Friday 16th of November.

For further information, contact:

Dr Geoff Lealand (Trustee, Better Public Media)


Entry Form

To enter fill in the form below.

By entering you agree to your entry being published by BPM and others. You're also agreeing to participate in any publicity and promotions including photographs of yourself, your school and your entry (whether you win or not).


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