Video camera, editing software, and access to websites for video dissemination (i.e., YouTube, Vimeo) are affordable and widely available all over the world. In recognition of this reality, I worked to establish the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA; Division 27 of the American Psychological Association) annual video contest. In 2013, participation in this contest doubled in only the second year!
The SCRA video contest (#SCRAVideos) offers prizes in the amount of $500, $300 and $200 for first through third place. Winners of this year’s contest will be announced on the first day of the upcoming biennial meeting at the University of Miami (June 27th). For folks thinking ahead, the 2014 video contest will have a deadline of December 31, 2013. Undergraduate and graduate instructors of Community Psychology courses may want to consider assigning video creation as part of applied practicum placements. Researchers and community practitioners may want to consider writing video creation into their budgets and grants.
The principal aim of the video contest is to identify community psychologists who are already documenting their efforts in communities via video (see the playlist on YouTube here). Through participation in the contest, we will highlight their community psychology projects, skills and connection with SCRA. My vision for this contest is that it will provide a vehicle for increasing the capacity and skills of our membership as we use video on social media services to show community psychology in action (see a skill modeling resource on the SCRA website here: SCRA Video contest). As future contest videos are disseminated and publicized, we hope to increasingly generate accessible, high-quality and interactive community psychology media online.
The annual SCRA video contest has the potential to contribute to SCRA strategic goals to expand the visibility and reach of our field and strengthen the online network of the community psychology discipline. By increasing accessible online videos of community psychology actions, not only do community psychologists become aware of other colleagues’ work, but community partners and collaborators also identify projects as a form of “community psychology.” Thereby, the contest videos offer an opportunity for the public to learn more about community psychology theory, research, and action. The anticipated result is that SCRA has a visible and sustainable collection of video resources online for education, research, practice and policy.
Over the last few years, I have sought to provide vision and leadership through initiatives such as this contest to help translate community psychology science to the public. I am passionate about meeting this need working with SCRA and my other research and education collaborators. I look forward to seeing several colleagues and friends represented in the 2013 SCRA video contest at #SCRA2013.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]