Excellence in Communications Contest

2017 Award Winners

The following NC governments received awards in the 2017 Excellence in Communication Contest: Town of Hillsborough, City of Salisbury, Town of Fuquay-Varina, City of Burlington, City of Jacksonville, Buncombe County, Town of Chapel Hill, Cabarrus County, Orange County, Town of Garner, City of Fayetteville, City of Asheville, City of Wilson, Onslow County, Nash County, Greenville Utilities Commission, City of Hickory, Town of Apex, City of Kannapolis, City of Rocky Mount, Mecklenburg County, and the Town of Holly Springs.

Earn Recognition for Your Hard Work!

ENTRIES ARE CLOSED FOR 2017.  Thank you for your entries!

We know you did some incredible work during the past year, and we want to see it and recognize you for it!

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.  Entries in all categories, including some exciting new ones, will remain open through noon Feb. 9, and the fee for each contest entry remains at $35 this year.

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 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 Tameka Norman.

Improving Technology to Make Entering Easier and Judging More Efficient

We have initiated a new award entry program, Award Force.  When you submit your entries, you will see that the process is completely digital. Everything is very simple.  We’ve been testing it for the past week, and it is working great.  A huge thank you to Glenn Hargett and Stacie Galloway for their continued efforts to bring this program to life for NC3C. 

Expanding Categories

We have added some new categories under TV/Video, Marketing and other areas.  After a lot of thought and discussion, we realized that there are new ways that we are all communicating in our jobs. Take time to review these in the attached chart. You may find there's a perfect place for that awesome work you did this year.  Or, you may find that your entry can land in more than one category! 

Recognizing Excellence  

We are committed to recognizing contest winners at our annual conference April 18-20 in New Bern, 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 with the improvements that we have made this year, 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 Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 in the past calendar year.  All entries must be submitted online, and the deadline to enter is  Friday, Feb. 9 at noon.

  • 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.The fee for each entry is $35.

  • 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, 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!