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Let The News Games begin, may the best one win

By Joan Muwahed​

October 9, 2018

Live Tweeting: The News Games  

American University students competed in a battle for the fifth annual News Games $500 prize in honor of News Engagement Day on Tuesday.

News Engagement Day is a day meant to encourage individuals to read, watch, like, tweet, listen or comment on the news. AU’s School of Communications (SOC) hosted an event to highlight the importance of staying connected with the news at all times. 









Professor and organizer of The News Games event, John Watson said the response of the event was far beyond his expectations. 


“Over the past four years the most we ever had to compete was 17 people, today we had 54. Far beyond what we expected,”Watson said. 




Since the competition was performed in pairs, all 54 competitors had to take the quiz individually. Watson then added up each team members quiz grade and the highest number of total points on the quiz made it to The News Games.


“Everybody seemed fairly well-informed about the news,”he said. ​

Kimberly Cataudella, 20, got eliminated in the preliminary round, but she said she was very happy that SOC do events like these. 






Cataudella said testing the students’knowledge on news in the middle of Washington D.C’s political climate is energizing. 

“I didn’t know what to expect at the start, but I’m so happy we tried to compete,”she continues.

After selecting the top scoring teams, they were announced in front of a live TV stream in the MIL room in SOC.





The top four teams were Borat, Enemies of the People, Nothing Indecent and Lame Stream Media. ​

The four teams were then divided into two groups competing for the $ 500 prize. 

Team Borat and Lame Stream Media played first, then team Enemies of the People and Nothing Indecent followed. 




Borat team member Elli Bloomberg said, “I had a great time talking about the news and learning more than I knew, and I’m also honored for making the top four teams.”​




The winner of the first round was team Lame Stream Media and Enemies of the People. The two teams were then faced head-to-head to win the prize. 


Team Enemies of the People win after a long fight for the prize. They said they felt good about winning $ 500 and hope that the SOC do more news-related events in the future.

















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There was a lot of work put into the event, all that were very last minute, he added. Watson had to create a preliminary round to narrow down the options to four teams who will be selected to compete for the money. 

The 20 question quiz was based on a

predetermined number of topics frompolitics and national news, to questions about science and entertainment. 


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Watson said the competition was intense, but also friendly. He said that knowing the news is not like studying, it is being aware of what is surrounding a person. 



















Watson said,“I hope that next year’s News Games competition is at least as good as this year was, if not better.”​

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