Excellence in Communications Contest

2018 NC3C Awards of Excellence Winners

The above NC communicators received awards in the 2018 Excellence in Communication Contest.

Earn Recognition for Your Hard Work!

Early bird rate of $35 ends January 27
Entries in all categories will remain open through midnight February 4, 2019.

We know you did some incredible work during the past year, and we want to see it and recognize you for it! Check out the award categories available this year!

After judging by a panel of experts in each respective category, winning entries will be announced and presented during the NC3C Annual Conference in the spring.  

Click here  for information on this year’s conference.

NC3C Excellence in Communications Award Contest 

The Annual Excellence in Communications Award Contest is finally here! Access contest information here.

For entries submitted by Sunday, January 27, the application fee is $35 per entry.  For entries submitted Monday, January 28 through Monday, February 4, the application fee goes up to $55 per entry.

Partnering with Texas and Minnesota

NC3C has partnered with the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO), and the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) to judge our award submissions. Texas will judge NC3C awards this year, and in return, NC3C judge for the Texas awards.  We are excited to work with Texas. We have received their commitment that each entry will receive thorough judges’ comments after the winners are announced at the conference.  If you would like to serve as an NC3C judge for the Texas contest, please contact Amy McCauley.

Recognizing Excellence  

We are committed to recognizing contest winners at our annual conference April 10-12 in Durham, and then further publicizing winners in a statewide media blitz that will include news releases and social media. NC3C Board representatives are also happy to attend your government board meetings to officially present awards for valuable public recognition.

We are hopeful that you will consider entering at least one (and maybe more) categories.  You have great work to showcase, so don’t miss out on the chance to win the valuable recognition you deserve.  

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

The Communicator of the Year Award is given in honor and memory of Chris Coulson, a founding member of NC3C. The Communicator of the Year Award may be presented to one individual who demonstrates a passion for making a difference in the profession and in the lives of citizens.  The Communicator of the Year would be a person whose character, career and service represent the highest standards and who excels in the practice of local government communications and/or has accomplished an outstanding one-time achievement. Nominations will be accepted via this nomination form with an area that details the person’s career and accomplishments. It is permissible to nominate yourself. 

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