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12/20: ScriptED – Bring Learning to Life Script Writing Challenge

12/20: ScriptED – Bring Learning to Life Script Writing Challenge

Calling all dynamic scriptwriters: Bring real-world perspectives into the classroom.

Criminal Justice, a field becoming ever more important in the United States, elicits diverse and often passionate perspectives shaped through personal experience as well as impressions in media.

Strayer Studios, which uses the power of filmmaking to help Strayer University students succeed, is committed to ensuring online course content reflects the diverse perspectives and experiences of our students, and addresses important issues that impact the entire country.

In partnership with The Blackhouse Foundation, we are challenging scriptwriters to develop a 250-word concept (overview) and 7-12 page script around Strayer’s “Ethics in Criminal Justice” course.

Both pieces must incorporate today’s criminal justice conversations and align with one or more of the following course themes:

– Describe the ethical dilemma criminal justice professionals face when witnessing misconduct by supervisors.
– Evaluate how police misconduct can lead to human rights violations.
– Determine whom you would contact about a potentially inappropriate relationship with an inmate.
– Analyze the ethics of misrepresenting oneself during an undercover law enforcement action.


The winning script will have a compelling storyline that addresses both the key principles and reality of community experiences in criminal justice to spark sincere classroom debate and understanding about this topic.

A panel of five judges, including representatives from Strayer University, The Blackhouse Foundation, the criminal justice field, and the film and television industries will evaluate the submissions.

Five finalists pitch their concepts and scripts at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in January, where the winner will be announced.

The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, and will join a team of Emmy Award-winning filmmakers employed as a virtual artist in residence with Strayer Studios to develop a series of educational content over a six-month period with a monthly salary of $10,000, pre-tax. The top five finalists will win a trip to attend (travel and hotel accommodations paid for) and pitch their script at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah with Strayer University and The Blackhouse Foundation. View the official rules at

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