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Your team will create an extended PSA using a contemporary song as the soundtrack for your video. Section 107 of the US Copyright Law details the right of "fair use" regarding copyrighted material that is used for nonprofit educational purposes. Watch video below for additional standards and information

Your challenge is to create a video that raises awareness of a societal problem and/or promotes a positive action that would make Dale Carnegie proud! The video should encourage viewers to engage in a particular activity that makes a difference through serving and supporting others.

The first three links below take you to the directions for this assignment which provides specific project requirements, a project checklist or inventory that provides helpful tips for creating media projects and a grading rubric. The next two links are sample guides to assist you in the project preparation and planning stage, a critical component of your PSA. They are worksheets that were created while researching and planning a suicide prevention and bullying awareness PSA...

The video embedded below is a great tutorial by Bill Myers on how to use the Pan and Crop effect in the Sony Vegas program. This will provide movement and add a sense of motion to still images and text. There are more tutorials posted on YouTube if needed.

Still not sure how to begin this assignment? The Ad Council is a leading producer of Public Service Announcements in the United States. Check out their web site and YouTube Channel (linked below) to learn more about their latest campaigns addressing social issues. Please take time to view the large collection of videos archived on both of their web sites. I have also posted a link to our class YouTube Channel where you can view a collection of PSA videos that were created by students who were in this course last school year. Viewing the videos should help to guide and inspire your own PSA project...

Ad Council

Ad Council YouTube Channel

Participation In Government YouTube Channel

I have embedded below two examples of PSA projects. The first one was created by a US Government student and the second one was teacher created as a sample or guide. There is also another excellent example of a student-made PSA project embedded on the Community Service Reports page of our Wiki.

By Ariel Zaleski Class of 2010 ECS

By Mr. Chase - Government Class - 2011

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