The following video contest entries were originally posted on The Progress Review’s Facebook page. To view each video, click on the appropriate link that follows each summary.

I2 – Best Video #1: Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

Since 2011, The Progress Review has served as the official camera crew for Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 Waterloo Honor Flight. The resulting photos and video shot during a day spent in Washington D.C. are used to create a commemorative DVD that each veteran receives as part of their Honor Flight experience. On September 22, 2015, members of the Waterloo Honor Flight delegation participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The number of views and comments this video induced is a testimony of how profoundly moving a visit to Arlington National Cemetery is for those fortunate enough to visit this hallowed ground.

Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

On Tuesday, La Porte City’s Ed McFarland was joined by Dick Backes, Linda Bergmann and Niki Rinaldi, performing a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was witnessed by veterans on the 14th Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 Waterloo Honor Flight.

Posted by The Progress Review on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I2 – Best Video #2: RAGBRAI in Three Minutes

In 2015, RAGBRAI, the longest, largest and oldest bicycle touring event in the world, visited La Porte City for the first time in over 30 years. Using a stationary camera situated high above Main Street, this video presentation compresses ten hours of video into roughly three minutes to dramatically illustrate what more than 15,000 bicycle riders look like as they roll into town.

Ride LPC 7-23: RAGBRAI in Three Minutes

Ever wonder what 15,000 people arriving on bikes in La Porte City looks like?

Posted by The Progress Review on Sunday, July 26, 2015


I2 – Best Video #3: Union Football Greatest Hits: Michael Ahrendsen

Video highlights of the local high school football games have consistently driven the most traffic to The Progress Review’s websites. In 2015, the number of “likes” at The Progress Review’s Facebook page has increased dramatically, courtesy of the highlight packages posted there, including this new “Greatest Hits” feature, which utilizes slow motion and tight cropping to enhance the viewer experience. The Progress Review posts dozens of videos throughout the year in an effort to educate and inform our viewers. It is interesting to note that a clip featuring less than 20 seconds of action on the football field generates more than 1,200 views, offering us an excellent opportunity to connect with the next generation of readers/viewers who can look to our brand to find the content they want to consume. Clips like this one have proven to be an excellent marketing tool for the highlights DVD The Progress Review sells at the end of each season.

2015 Greatest Hits: Michael Ahrendsen (South Tama)Union’s Michael Ahrendsen continues pursuit of the football, leaving the South Tama receiver wishing he hadn’t.

Posted by The Progress Review on Friday, September 18, 2015