2019 GSPRA Publications, Photography, and Electronic Media Contest
APPLICATION FORM: https://forms.gle/t6YcFSgcD6GrB3DAA
EXTENDED DEADLINE: August 28, 2019, 5 p.m. No submissions will be accepted after this date. All checks must be received on/before this date for the entry to be included in the judging process.
Each year, the Georgia School Public Relations Association acknowledges school PR pros who demonstrate exceptional communications skills by producing outstanding publications, photography, and electronic media. This evaluation program is designed to provide recognition and professional support for those who do great work in communicating with parents, staff, the media, community members, business partners, and other specialized publics.
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HOW TO ENTER
These contests are open to any school, school system, postsecondary institution, educational agency, or education-related association. Materials must have been produced between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.
1. Upload ONE sample of each publication, video or photo, unless noted otherwise on award categories information below.
If you have any questions or issues with the online application, please contact: Kaden Jacobs, APR, (706) 826-1120, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Include ONE check or money order payable to GSPRA to cover all entries.*
*Entry fee is $30 for GSPRA members and $40 for non-members for each category entry.
*If you are using a free Contest Entry Voucher (from the 2018 conference), please indicate on entry form.
3. Mail your check or money order to:
Clayton County Public Schools
1058 Fifth Avenue,
Jonesboro, GA 30236
4. Extra Credit! Up to 10 points will be awarded as extra credit to entries which provide formal evaluation efforts to document the success of their project.
- Annual Report: Summary of activities published once per year.
- Calendar: Publications containing a schedule of dates for school year/school activities plus general information about the school or system.
- Crisis Communications: State the issue, then provide a brief explanation of how you responded. Provide specifics of your response plan (i.e., target audiences, how quickly you responded, avenues of communication used, results that provide your plan worked, etc.) Entry must be held to one type-written page. Supporting documentation such as press releases, PSAs, and copies of web stories, may be submitted with the formal entry.
- Electronic Media: Single program or series of electronic media presentations, not to exceed 30 minutes per program. Each entry is limited to one program or series and must show time length or they will be disqualified. Public service announcements (promotional announcements for use on TV or radio) are limited to one PSA per entry and must indicate running time.
- Excellence in Writing: Article, editorial, press release, speech, or other printed work must be between 500 and 5,000 words. Documentation must be provided to show that the work was used or published (i.e., copies, tear sheets, or for speeches provide author, who delivered the speech, and the circumstances of where, when, and audience).
- Handbook: Publication with general information about policies and regulations.
- Image/Identity Package: Logos, stationery, and other graphic elements for a package of materials. Must include three or more related pieces to qualify.
- Internet website: Submit a printed copy of the home page and URL.
- Marketing Campaign: Print or video media accepted. Multiple items constitute a “campaign.” No more than four related pieces may be included for one campaign. Submissions with one item will be disqualified.
- Newsletter/Newspaper/Newsmagazine: Periodicals published externally or internally. Three different issues must be submitted to qualify.
- Photography: Submit digital copy of the photograph. PROOF OF HOW IT WAS USED IS REQUIRED. May be internal or external publications/electronic use. Each photo submitted counts as one entry.
- Social Media: Submit an explanation of what social media process you are using (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and the results you are achieving. Provide substantive proof that this is a valuable communications tool.
- Special Event: Events held for recognition and/or stakeholder communication and relationship building may be entered in notebook format. Include details of planning, staff involvement, audience, event management, and communication tools used to facilitate the event.
- Special Purpose Publications: Booklets, brochures, posters, and other materials not included in other
JUDGING AND AWARDS
All contest entries will be evaluated by seasoned public relations professionals. Each entry will be judged on its own merit. Judges will designate recipients of Gold Awards of Excellence, Silver Awards of Merit, and Bronze Awards of Merit. Judges will select “Best in Category” winners. When the judges provide written evaluations, they will be forwarded to the entrants.
If you have any questions or issues with the online application, please contact:
Kaden Jacobs, APR