Yesterday I received an offer to participate in a contest run by the non-profit organizations United Republic and Link TV, who are looking for a “citizen reporter” to cover the role of special interests at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Since I work full-time and can’t travel on short notice, I decided not to participate. However, I did take up their offer of watching other video entries and opining on them. In homage to The Hunger Games, I will score the entries out of 12.
Jack Houghteling, southern California: Has a weird smile throughout the video, at odds with his flat voice. Makes good points, but nothing new. Out of 12: 6
Ray Prasnick (sp?), Annapolis, MD: Good voice, but asks basically the exact same question in three different contexts (“How do you feel about limiting the money spent . . . ?”). Out of 12: 4
Bliss Parsons, Hadley, MA: Writes a better hook than the first two entrants, but is more wordy than necessary. Presentation skills could use a lot of work. Out of 12: 5
Mike Spahr, Jamestown, Rhode Island: Writes more concisely and speaks more convincingly than the others (most of the time), but still nothing new. Out of 12: 7
Kim Spencer, Naperville, Illinois: Despite seemingly improvising, impressively straightforward. Appreciated start and end with “Enough is enough.” Out of 12: 9
Evelyn Messinger, no location supplied: Provided some interesting numbers on attack ad revenue. Solid speaker, looks good on camera. Focus on attack ads a bit narrow for this job. Out of 12: 9
Jasper McChesney, Easthampton, MA: He pointed to his face and nodded. I appreciate his attempt at levity, but it doesn’t help me do this, does it? Out of 12: 2
Cory Quigley, North Wales, PA: Sounds like he’s responding to “Tell me about yourself” in a job interview. Didn’t offer much of a reason to choose him above anyone else. Out of 12: 3
Jon Drucks, Fresno, CA: Would have a great voice if he didn’t sound like he was reading from cue cards. Spends way too much time talking about Dylan Ratigan. Comes off like a generic YouTube rant, with a hint of conspiracism. Out of 12: 3
So it’s down to Kim and Evelyn. And since Evelyn used to work for Link TV (and was the person who first e-mailed me), I’m going to throw it to Kim. The contest runs until July 27th, so if any new entries outdo his, I’ll let you all know.