» Project tells a story drawn from the creator’s reality.
» Media maker communicates the emotional impact of the topic.
» Work creates empathy between audience and media maker.
» Format/Style is appropriate to the message.
» Youth present an opinion on a topic or issue from their distinct perspective.
» Work is unique to the creators (only they could have made this work).
» Work evolves through an educational/learning process with feedback and support from educators and peers.
» Project shows no evidence of adult voice or interference.
» Work is original in nature and style, not imitative of mainstream work.
» Ideas are expressed in a unique and powerful way.
» Aesthetic choices are compelling and in service to message.
» Media work illustrates a discovery process for the media maker.
» Discoveries can be personal, technical, or factual.
» Work reflects the curiosities of young people.