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Kid Witness News

Kid Witness News participants pose for a group shot

The World Through Their Eyes

Kid Witness News (KWN) is a global, hands-on video production competition for students aged 10-18. Supported by Panasonic, this program aims to stimulate children's creativity, build communication skills and encourage teamwork through video production. Since its inception in 1989, KWN has encouraged students to share "the world through their eyes," giving them new insights into filmmaking and launching a new generation of storytellers.

Program Overview

Through the Kid Witness News program, Panasonic provides state-of-the-art, high-definition digital video technology to participating public school students in grades 4-12. With these tools, students are equipped to bring their stories to life, expand their understanding of the world, and make an impact on others.

Although KWN includes students from schools across the country, the messages in their videos have common themes. The topics reflect the world they live in and touch upon issues that impact their everyday lives, such as the environment, peer pressure and drug prevention. More recently, projects have covered human interest stories. Through these videos, we can see stories from their point of view.

Each year, national and regional judges recognize the best videos submitted by students. Top entries are entered into our global awards contest, and winners will be invited to our Global Awards Summit.

At the Summit, students will meet other students from around the world and see their work. As representatives of their countries, they’ll also get to contemplate social issues with their peers from a global perspective and work together to create a proposal for the future.

History of Kid Witness News

Kid Witness News program started with 19 public schools in the United States in 1989. During the 1990´s, the program spread throughout the U.S. and Canada, and with the dawn of the 21st century, the expansion reached a global scale.

From around 2005 onward, workshops were organized to present kids with video shooting and film-making lessons by professionals.
2014 marked the 25th anniversary of KWN. It’s our sincere wish that the program’s global exchange activities continue to expand with the participation of children from even more countries and regions.

Behind the Scenes with KWN

Get Involved!

Want to be a part of Kid Witness News? Visit the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning (FILL) to learn more about how to enter this year's competition.