Excellence in Communications Contest

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners!

Twenty-eight North Carolina government communications offices earned distinction in the 2019 NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards contest. Award categories included TV & Video, Communication Technology, Printed Publications, Most Creative Project for the Least Amount of Funds, Citizen Participation, and Marketing Tools, among others.

The awards were presented Thursday, April 11, 2019 at NC3C’s annual Spring Conference in Durham. A total of 248 entries was received.

Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were communication professionals from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers and a variety of communications industries across the state.

Click here to view the winning entries. If you entered an award and wish to see your scores and feedback, log in to our awards system and click on My Entries. You will see a View Feedback button with each entry you submitted..

Rules of Competition

  • Eligible work was produced between  1 and Dec. 31in the past calendar year.  All entries must be submitted online, and the deadline to enter is Monday, February 4 at midnight.

  • Submit as many entries as you want!  The competition is open to all NC3C members. Local government professionals who have communications or marketing work, but who are not yet members of NC3C are welcomed to join now and to enter.  Members, spread the word in your organization!  The membership fee is $50.
  • More than one entry may be submitted in any category.  Any given entry may be submitted under more than one category. A complete entry form, including attachments, is required with each submission, and the entry fee must accompany each submission.

  • For intranet sites and electronic newsletters not accessible to the public, include either instructions on how judges can view the material, or upload .pdf of hard copies.

  • For printed newsletters, upload at least two, but no more than four, different issues in .pdf format.

  • For TV and Video category entries, include the URL link where the video can be viewed online.  (If your video is not online, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and send us the URL.) 

  • TV and Video entries also must submit a 30-second clip of the entry to be used in the awards presentation should the entry be selected a winner.  There is a place on the entry form for this clip.

  • All entries must be submitted using the online form. You may attach an electronic file of your actual project or a link to where it is available online.

  • Judges will understand descriptions like, “glossy 80 lb. paper stock, saddle stitched with full bleed,” so don’t feel you have to mail a hard copy of your actual printed entry once your online version is submitted.


Chris Coulson Communicator of the Year Award

Each year, NC3C has the opportunity to recognize a member whose character, career and service represent the highest standards of the profession. The Communicator of the Year is someone who excels in the practice of local government communications and/or has accomplished an outstanding one-time achievement.

The award is named in honor and memory of Chris Coulson, a founding member of NC3C who demonstrated these attributes throughout her career. 

This year, the Chris Coulson Communicator of the Year Award was presented to two NC3C members: Steve Hawley of Greenville Utilities and Carolyn Justice-Hinson of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission.

Recipients:
2019 Steve Hawley & Carolyn Justice-Hinson
2017 David Baxter
2015 Mandy (Pitts) Hildebrand
2012 Annette Privette-Keller
2011 Dave Hardin
2010 Glenn Hargett
2009 Alice Freeman


We look forward to receiving your entries!

 

Each year, NC3C has the opportunity to recognize a member whose character, career and service represent the highest standards of the profession. The Communicator of the Year is someone who excels in the practice of local government communications and/or has accomplished an outstanding one-time achievement.

The award is named in honor and memory of Chris Coulson, a founding member of NC3C who demonstrated these attributes throughout her career.

Nominations are being accepted through March 15 via an online nomination form on the NC3C website, where you can share information about the person’s career and accomplishments. The form can be accessed in Meetings and Conferences via a drop-down link from the Excellence in Communications Contest. Scroll to the bottom to find the information for the Chris Coulson Award and the nomination form link. Feel free to nominate an NC3C member – including yourself! – for this distinguished honor.

Past recipients include:
2017 David Baxter
2015 Mandy (Pitts) Hildebrand
2012 Annette Privette-Keller
2011 Dave Hardin
2010 Glenn Hargett
2009 Alice Freeman