New College’s Office of Community Outreach and Inclusion invites you to create a dynamic Public Service Announcement (PSA), sharing positive COVID-19 health practices and information with New College and the larger Sarasota community.
Competition winners will receive a cash prize, and the winning PSAs will be shared with local media, businesses, schools and colleges.
All videos should be submitted by midnight Oct. 9. Any Sarasota/Manatee County community member can participate.
Potential topic ideas include (but are not limited to):
- Proper hand washing and disinfectant strategies
- Guidance managing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and who to contact for support/testing
- Do’s and don’ts of social distancing
- Sarasota resources available for support to community members
- Other information beneficial to Sarasota and Manatee counties
Length: Videos should be 1 to 3.5 minutes (a shorter version of winning videos may be requested for TV)
Format: Videos can be submitted as a shareable link to YouTube (audio only and Spanish or Creole version are welcome)
Judging Criteria: A committee of New College staff and students and MHI team members will review submissions
The criteria will be as follows:
Engaging: Does it entertain or grab the attention of the watcher?
Informative/accurate: Does it utilize MHI and/or CDC research?
Unique: Is it unlike existing COVID-19 PSAs? Was it created by the individual or team submitting?
Meets criteria: Is it the appropriate length and format?
Age-appropriate: Can it be shared with all ages?
The winners will receive: $500 (first prize), $300 (second prize) and $200 (third prize).
Tips for creating a PSA: samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-for-creating-own-psa.pdf
Please email the name/names of the PSA creators, the title of your PSA, and the video/audio link to firstname.lastname@example.org (and reach out with any questions).