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PalAss YouTube Channel

As part of our response to the results of the 2018 PalAss diversity study, PalAss are developing a YouTube channel in order to reach out to a broader and more diverse audience.  

We are launching an annual call for contributions to the following series: 

  1. Flagship topical series. This series will focus on the evolution of key adaptations, including (but not limited to) eyes, brains, limbs and colour. There will be one series produced per year. Each series will feature 6 x 60 second episodes. All episodes in a single series will be presented by the same researcher, designated a PalAss YouTube Ambassador. Filming of the 2019 series will take place during mid-late 2019. The series will be launched in late 2019. Details of the application and selection process are provided below.   
  2. My fossil and me. A series of short videos (60-90 seconds), each featuring a single presenter with a fossil prop; one video per presenter. A minimum of three videos will be released per annum. The PalAss YouTube Ambassador cannot contribute to this series in the year of their Ambassadorship. 
  3. Life as a palaeontologist. A series of one-off short videos (60-90 seconds) each featuring a single presenter discussing aspects of their job.  A minimum of three videos will be released per annum. The PalAss YouTube Ambassador cannot contribute to this series in the year of their Ambassadorship. 

PalAss YouTube Ambassador: Terms and conditions 

  • The PalAss Public Engagement Group and the video production company will work with the PalAss YouTube Ambassador on developing the narrative, script and design of the videos.
  • Video filming, editing and production will be done by a professional filming company.  Applicants should declare any interests or close relationships with any filming/production companies on the online form. 
  • Most of the video footage should be filmed in a single location (e.g. a laboratory), but the award includes £500, which the Ambassador can use to cover travel costs e.g. to field locations and / or museum collections. Payment of travel expenses is conditional on useable video content being produced.
  • Applicants must be over 18.
  • Applicants must be members of the Palaeontological Association.
  • Applications to become the 2019 PalAss YouTube Ambassador should include a 2 page summary CV; supporting statement; a brief overview of the narrative and potential fossils/settings to be featured; a 30-second video; and confirmation that the applicant will be available in the UK for 2-3 days during mid-late 2019 for video development and filming.
  • Applicants for the Ambassadorship may also apply to become contributors to the other two series, but can be selected for only one type of contribution in a single calendar year.
  • Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:   
    • Experience in public outreach – 20 marks;  
    • Quality of submitted video – 40 marks; 
    • Clarity of speaking voice – 20 marks 
    • Engaging style – 20 marks 
    • Quality of plan for the series – 40 marks  
    • Originality – 10 marks 
    • Suitability for target audience – 15 marks 
    • Scientific quality – 15 marks 
    • (total 100 marks) 
  • All videos submitted as part of the application process and videos produced for the Channel must be delivered in English.
  • All videos produced by the Ambassador and production company will be reviewed by PalAss Council prior to posting on the Channel.
  • The Palaeontological Association will retain the copyright of all videos submitted for its YouTube channel.

PalAss YouTube one-off contributor: Terms and conditions 

  • Videos submitted by successful applicants will be annotated post-submission by a professional filming company to include PalAss branding and subtitles.  
  • Applicants for the My fossil and me and Life as a palaeontologist series are required to submit a 2 page summary CV; description of the setting, content, props and narrative; and a 30 second video. 
  • Applicants must be over 18. 
  • Applicants must be members of the Palaeontological Association. 
  • Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:  
    • Experience in public outreach – 20 marks;  
    • Quality of submitted video – 80 marks 
    • Clarity of speaking voice – 20 marks 
    • Engaging style – 20 marks 
    • Originality – 10 marks 
    • Suitability for target audience – 15 marks 
    • Scientific quality – 15 marks 
    • (total 100 marks) 
  • Applicants for these series may also apply to become a PalAss YouTube Ambassador, but can be selected for only one type of contribution in a single calendar year. 
  • Successful applicants for the My fossil and me and Life as a palaeontologist series will be responsible for shooting the footage using e.g. a smartphone or digital camera, in line with style guidelines provided by the Association. 
  • No funding is available for contributors to the series My fossil and me and Life as a palaeontologist. 
  • All submitted videos must be delivered in English. 
  • All contributed videos will be reviewed by PalAss Council prior to posting content on the PalAss YouTube Channel. 
  • The Palaeontological Association will retain the copyright of all videos submitted for its YouTube channel.   

Deadline 

26th April 2019 at 23.59 GMT 

Notification of decision 

Successful candidates will be notified in mid-May 2019. 

Online Application 

Applications should be made through online submission. 

Required supporting information:

  1. A CV of the applicant, up to TWO A4 pages in length, submitted as a PDF file, single-spaced with a minimum font size of 11 points, and a minimum margin size of 1.5 cm. CV should include contact details for two referees. Maximum file size 2 MB. 
  2. A sample video of the applicant explaining a relevant topic, 30 seconds in length, submitted in AVI format. Maximum file size 20 MB.

Application Form

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