To put it into Olympic terms, now is the time to show us your Triple-Flip, Double-Back, Forward somersault on the half-pipe! Yes, it is time for the National Association of County Information Officers 2014 Awards of Excellence competition. In other words, like seemingly all the new Olympic sports these days, this is your opportunity to show off.
This contest recognizes outstanding public relations and public information work being done in counties across the nation. Winners are announced in June.
The 2014 Awards are a comprehensive look at the initiatives and efforts put forth from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013, and will recognize excellence in nine categories: Annual Reports, Brochures/Multiple-Page Booklets, Publications, Writing, Graphic Design, Photography, Audiovisual Productions, Special Projects, and Electronic Communications. Each category will include several subcategories. Please note that the projects must have been produced during the calendar year, but it does not have to be a new project. It can be an ongoing program or initiative.
The Awards of Excellence are open to county staff whose county is eligible to join the National Association of Counties (NACo), or any staff of an eligible state association of counties.
Judy T. Brownlee of DeKalb County, Ga., will serve as the chair for the 2014 awards competition.
We have added several new subcategories this year to reflect new communications practices. Category G-3 is for podcasts or other audio programming. There are three new subcategories in the Electronic Communications category - I-2 (Best Facebook Page), I-3 (Best Twitter Feed) and I-4 (Email Newsletter to citizens).
So dust off those skis, find that snowboard and send in your entries. It is time for you to show off and be recognized for your efforts.
If you need to check your membership status, please contact Rita McGee, NACIO Membership Coordinator.