Public Service Video Contest

The Partnership for Public Service has launched a video contest as part of Public Service Recognition Week!

The Challenge: Create a short video depicting the value of government employees and/or what our nation would look like without them. We want contestants, over the age of 18, to consider the vital services performed by government employees on behalf of the American people and what would happen if public servants simply disappeared.

Submission Deadline: April 17, 2011 at Midnight EST. Videos must be uploaded to and contestants should encourage their family and friends to vote for their video once it’s approved by the Partnership.

Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded to two winners – one overall winner chosen by the Partnership and one people’s choice award chosen by online viewers.

Visit PSRW’s website to view the Contest Guidelines and Assignment Summary!

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Maggie Starr

The videos should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Here are some thought-provoking ideas and suggestions, which can also be found in our Assignment Summary:

-Who are public servants?
-What essential services do government employees provide to communities?
-How is the work they do important to you and your community?
-What would happen if public employees stopped doing their jobs? Consider the number of people affected by this and how you and they would get by.
-Visit to learn about the different ways government laws and programs impact your daily life.
-Visit to find information about various federal jobs.
-Visit to learn about local government managers.
-Visit for a directory of state agencies and city and county governments nationwide. This will give you an idea of the various governmental departments and programs serving your region.
-Visit to learn about federal workers who have made significant contributions to our country.

Leonard Sipes

Hi. Great idea, but the five minute video limit is troublesome.

We create a wide variety of 30 minute television and radio shows at and most focus on the work of line parole and probation agents and allied line staff (i.e., police officers).

We try to “celebrate” the role of government workers in everything we do.

I understand the five minute limit is “doable” within the constraints of time. But if the idea is to focus on the work of government employees, we do it just as well (or better) than anyone.

Best, Len.