Some college media contests give their winners plaques. The Pinnacle Awards will give away camcorders.
Canon ZR800 camcorders, to be exact. And you don’t even have to win to win – anyone who’s already entered the Pinnacles or does so by the June 1 deadline is automatically entered into a drawing.
If you know cameras, then you know the ZR800 was really hot stuff – in 2009. Yeah, the Pinnacles are doling out old camcorders.
But before you sneer at the offer, listen to Jim Hayes, the electronic media adviser at Vanderbilt University and a Pinnacle organizer…
The ZR800 is compact and user friendly. It also works well in almost any lighting condition. Best of all, it has an external microphone input – so you can use a lavalier microphone to capture awesome interview audio.
Oh, we forgot to mention: If your name is drawn, you walk away with five ZR800s. And there will be eight winners in total.
So why are we doing this?
Because these camcorders are perfect for equipping a student media outlet. Let’s face it, the latest tech has a way of walking out of a newsroom, no matter how many signatures, blood oaths, or retina scans you require.
But five ZR800s will set up a reporting and recording staff quite nicely. If you bought these on your own, they’d cost more than $500. And that doesn’t include shipping.
But our winners can pick up their cameras at the Pinnacle Awards ceremony at GO12, and Jim Hayes will be on hand to answer any questions you have about using them. All for $50 per Pinnacle entry.