Eurasia Foundation's 
Sports Partnership TV | Season 2

We are calling on you – media-savvy high school students – to participate in Sports Partnership TV (SPTV) and submit a 60-second video about sports in your school, hometown, or community for a chance to lead Season 2 of SPTV!

SPTV is a collaborative project that offers US and Russian high school students opportunities to connect, share stories, and learn about each other’s culture by delving deeper into the world of sports. The first season of SPTV, which ran from June 2018 to June 2019, was led by a group of competitively selected broadcast journalism students from Middletown, Connecticut and Samara, Russia. This team highlighted sports culture in Russia and the US through various topics – sports in school, team and individual sports, street sports, and more.

We are gearing up for Season 2 and are accepting applications from teams looking to improve their media skills while examining the world of sports in their communities and beyond! Find out how to get involved here.

Sports Partnership TV is implemented by Eurasia Foundation with funding provided by the US Embassy in Moscow.

Sports Partnership TV

 

Watch SPTV Episodes

In the SPTV Season One finale, US and Russian students reflect on their year collaborating with one another and revisit some of the season's most memorable moments.

Meet the Team: Season 1

 
 

Participant Testimonials

“After the trip and after meeting all the students, I realized that these students were just the same as me. Although we had some cultural differences, we had things that brought us together, such as video production.”

Carson Fitzner, SPTV Season 1, Middletown, CT

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Get Involved

Participate in Sports Partnership TV!

The search for a brand-new anchor team is on!  Create a 60-second video on a sports-related topic and submit it by the application deadline of November 1, 2021 for your chance to lead Season 2 of SPTV. Future episodes will cover a variety of topics, and will examine the world of sports in a unique light, bringing young people from the US and Russia closer together.
 
If you are interested in broadcast sports journalism or simply wish to make an impact in both the US and Russia, then be sure to apply! 

 

Contest Instructions 

Step 1. Check for Eligibility and Participation Rules

  • The application is open to US and Russian high school video production teams affiliated with a school or private media studio. Teams must be composed of one teacher, who will act as the team’s mentor and will supervise the team’s production efforts, and four students in grades 9-11. Teams are encouraged to consider gender balance when applying to this opportunity.

  • Team members listed in the application form must be committed to participating in all project activities carried out over the course of ten months from November 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022. Russian teams must be prepared to travel to the US for an in-person media exchange and meet-and-greet with their US counterparts in spring 2022, if selected. US teams must be willing to meet and participate in joint activities with Russian students during their visit to the US. No substitution of team members after the submission of applications and participation in SPTV will be permitted.

  • Teams must produce original video content specifically for this opportunity. All team members must appear in the video and must creatively make a statement about one or several sports-related topics their team is passionate about.  More information on the video requirements is provided below.

  • Submitted videos should not exceed 60 seconds. We reserve the right to disqualify submissions exceeding 60 seconds at our own discretion. The more concise, the better!

  • By submitting the application, your team grants SPTV permission to use your video for program promotion purposes.

  • Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT (November 2, 2021 at 7:59 MSK). Late submissions will not be considered.

  • Failure to meet any of the above guidelines may result in disqualification.

Step 2. Create Your Video and Upload it to YouTube

Teams must create an original 60-second video. The video should include a brief statement from each team member (the appearance of a teacher is optional) about how sports play an important role in erasing cultural barriers and bringing people together. As an alternative, teams may also choose to depict themselves in action collectively engaging in a sports-oriented community service activity or volunteering their time to serve others through sports. The video should explain the significance of sports in our everyday lives and demonstrate how youth from Russia and the US can engage in meaningful dialogue with each other through participation in this project.

To make sure your video meets the selection criteria and stands out, please carefully read the information provided in Step 4.

 

Be Sure to Upload Your Video to YouTube Before Submitting an Online Application.

Before completing the online application, please check to make sure that you have uploaded your team’s 60-second video to YouTube. When uploading your video, please follow these instructions:

  • Upload your video to a YouTube account. Set the video to “unlisted” and generate a link to the video to include in your online application form. Visit this page for additional YouTube upload instructions.

  • Use this format for the title of your video file: “SCHOOL/STUDIO’S NAME SPTV S2”. For example, “School #125 SPTV S2”.

  • Make sure the link works and include it in your team’s online application form.

  • Your video should not exceed 60 seconds.

Step 3. Submit Online Application

After your team has created the 60-second video and uploaded it to YouTube as unlisted, you must fill out an online application form on Eurasia Foundation’s (EF) Grant Lifecycle Management (GLM) portal. Only one application per team (one teacher and four students) is needed.

 

When accessing EF’s GLM portal, the applicant must first create an account on behalf of the team by following the instructions on the right of the login page linked above. If an applicant already has an account, they may simply login without creating a new account.

 

After registering on EF’s grant portal, you will need to enter an access code to view the application form. Please use the following access code to access the application form: SPTV2.

 

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Judging and Evaluation

When writing statements of interest and answering questions in the online application form, successful applicants should highlight their team’s ability to do the following:

  • Applying teams must have experience creating media and producing news packages for local high school or online communities. Prior experience creating content on sports-related issues is preferred.

  • Teams must demonstrate an interest in working together with international students in their application form and video. You will be asked to name several sports-related topics that deserve to be discussed among your peers and addressed in media.

  • Teams must demonstrate intent to use media skills gained while participating in this project beyond their immediate involvement in SPTV.

  • Teams must demonstrate an interest in using digital media and social media platforms to garner support from young people on common issues (any past examples of such work are a plus).

  • Students must explain how participation in SPTV will help them better prepare for a career as independent media professionals.

 

In evaluating the applicants’ videos, judges will be looking for content that makes a strong connection to the topic, captures and keeps the viewer’s attention, and showcases your team’s ability to most fully take advantage of an international media exchange. The videos will be evaluated based on these points:

  • Camera/Direction

  • Lighting

  • Audio/Sound

  • Graphics/Effects

  • Camera Presence/Talent

  • Storytelling/Content

  • Integrity/Courage

  • Entertainment Value/Emotion

  • Closeness to Topic

  • Editing/Transitions

 

The application window closes on November 1 at 11:59 PM EDT. We look forward to receiving your video entries!

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Things to keep in mind when filling out an online application

  • When filling out the application, teams must answer several questions, including a brief statement of interest.

  • You should also explain why your team believes that media can be used as a platform for connecting with other cultures.

  • Detailed instructions regarding what should be included in the statement of interest are provided in the online application form.

 

If you encounter any issues accessing the online application form, please contact sptv@eurasia.org for assistance. We strongly recommend that you start working on your application as early as possible. If you encounter technical issues with your application and contact us less than 48 hours before the final deadline, we might not be able to assist you in time.

 
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Check Out the Season 1 Team Studios!

 
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GYMN TV Studio
Samara, Russia

Learn more about the studio by connecting with GYMN TV on these social media platforms:

 

 

Vkontakte: https://vk.com/gymntv

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gymn_tv/

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Middletown High School BlueTube TV
Middletown, CT

Learn more about the studio by visiting the following MHS BlueTUBE TV online platforms:

 

Website: http://www.mhsbluetubetv.com/

YouTube: https://bit.ly/2ATOmCH

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mhsbluetube 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MHSBlueTubeTV

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Participant News!

 
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Middletown Students Earn a Trip to Russia!

Read the full story in The Middletown Press here

 

To learn more about the team's experience in Moscow during the FIFA World Cup, visit one of the anchor's Instagram accounts below:

 

https://www.instagram.com/carsonfitzner/

https://www.instagram.com/fitznerproductions/

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Samara students provide a recap of their trip to Moscow during the FIFA World Cup

  Watch the team's video in Russian below! 

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SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TV
IS IMPLEMENTED BY EURASIA FOUNDATION WITH  SUPPORT FROM 

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES, MOSCOW

 

CONTACT US

1990 K Street NW

Suite 615

Washington, DC 20006, USA

(202) 234-7370

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