July 5, 2009
Round Seven - Media Week
Happy Sunday, and if you're reading this from the USA, we hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July. Actually, no matter where you're reading from, we hope you had a great Fourth! This is Prospectus Idol, I'm Dave Pease, and I hope you saw all the fireworks you wanted to yesterday.
As we've moved further along in our contest, we've exercised our contestants skills in different ways. Last week, we gave them a tough deadline to meet, so this week we wanted to make things a little more relaxing. They didn't have to write a thing-all they had to do was talk for a few minutes. Here are the instructions given to our contestants for Media Week:
A big part of our job as writers at BP is doing interviews on radio and TV. It's not only promotion for us, but we're among the most in-demand guests because we always provide an interesting angle on a variety of topics. One of you will be in that mix soon.
We're looking to bring on someone who can make a compelling point both in print and in person, and we hope you enjoy this departure from the contest format. This week, you'll have both the raw audio that the contestants recorded with Ferrin and a transcript of the interview. As usual, you'll have the comments of the normal judges panel to consider, and interviewer Mike Ferrin is this week's guest judge, giving you an additional viewpoint. All of our judges' comments will be taking into account that, like all of the articles contestants have submitted thus far, you wouldn't normally see something like this interview audio posted without editing-the intent here is to make sure our contestants aren't being assisted unequally by applying an editing layer to the process.
Before we move along, I also want to make sure you have a chance to evaluate the reader-suggested topics for use in the next round of the contest, which I asked for in the Deadline Week wrapup. We've had some great suggestions thus far, and we could use your voting them up or down as you like to help us decide on what we use. Feel free to post additional suggestions (in that comment thread, not this one) as well, but everyone who posted early is going to have a leg up, and we've got to pick our topics very soon, so do hurry.
Let's have a look (or a listen) to how our contestants did in Interview Week. Click here to visit the Prospectus Idol page.