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NAGC COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR

2018 Communicator of the Year Lieutenant Donnie Brzuska

Lieutenant Donnie Brzuska
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area

As Public Affairs Officer for the United States Coast Guard Pacific Area, Lt. Donnie Brzuska coordinated outreach initiatives that reached more than a billion people worldwide using traditional and social media to increase public awareness of the threat of transnational organized crime networks.

He also created a series of innovative national media events including media embeds to remote Arctic locations, and aboard polar icebreakers in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

His efforts resulted in significant international and national news coverage that solidified the need for year-round assured access to the Polar Regions and reinforced the Coast Guard’s role as a global leader in Polar operations.

Lt. Brzuska also led the deployment of more than two dozen communication professionals to regions affected by natural disasters to ensure those affected received important, and in some cases, lifesaving information. He also led an international delegation during the transfer of a former Coast Guard Cutter to Viet Nam.

2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards!

Magazine

Award of Excellence

Arkansas Wildlife Magazine

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Jeff Williams, Jim Harris, Jeanne Zaffarano, Mike Wintroath

Coastal Heritage: Winter 2017, Spring 2017, and Summer/Fall 2017

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
Susan Ferris Hill, Joey Holleman
Coastal Heritage details South Carolina’s unique history, science, and natural re- sources.

Second

Defense AT&L Magazine

Defense Acquisition University

Benjamin P. Tyree, Tia Gray
Defense AT&L magazine, a bimonthly publication of the Defense Acquisition Uni- versity (DAU), supports DAU’s training of Department of Defense (DoD) employees who buy, maintain and manage products and services for the DoD and the mili- tary Services.

First

South Fayette Connect

South Fayette Township, PA

Andrea Iglar
South Fayette Township’s quarterly magazine, South Fayette Connect, funds com- munity events with an innovative sponsor advertisement program.

Internal Newsletter

Award of Excellence

Kitsap County Public Works

Kitsap County Public Works
Lisa Horanyi, Kisha Baggs, Stella Vakarcs, Doug Bear

Second

TN Magazine: Volume 42/ Issue 1/ January/ February 2017

Texas Department of Transportation
Brent Dollar, Shannon McIntire

First

Closed Circuit

Western Area Power Administration
Philip Reed, Grant Kuhn, Leah Shapiro

Soft/Hard Cover Book

Award of Excellence

California Friendly: Landscape Guide

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Yvette Martinez, William Hasencamp, Chris Hamawi

Second

Growing Up Drug-Free: Parents Guide to Prevention

Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Education

Richard Lucey, Jr., Norris Dickard, Dinise Otts
DEA and the U.S. Department of Education updated this booklet to help parents and other caregivers raise drug-free children.

2017-18 Arkansas Waterfowl Hunting Guidebook

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Kristen Hodges, Jim Harris

First

Food Safety: A Need-To-Know Guide for Those at Risk

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Christopher Bernstein, Tanya Brown

Annual Report

Award of Excellence

USA National Phenology Network 2016 Annual Report

USA National Phenology Network

Jake F. Weltzin, Theresa Crimmins, Terry Moody

Annual Report

Fairfax County Park Authority

Judith Pederson, Sara Baldwin, Carol Ochs

Second

Powerful Partnerships – Annual Report 2017

Western Area Power Administration

Leah Shapiro
Powerful Partnerships tells the stories of collaboration & innovation that help us deliver on our mission amid a changing energy landscape.

First

FY 2016 Annual Report

Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control

John Wengle, Elaine Specht

Special Purpose Publication

Award of Excellence

RTA Move Brochure

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

Susan Massel, Nicole Berry, Jasmine Jackson, Tim Nazanin

Top 5 Reasons Fact Sheets

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Suan Sims, Tom Philip, Debra Sass, Monka Medina

Second

Own Your Future Texas Long-Term Care Planning Guide

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Rex Peteet, Marilyn Carter, Gabriel Escobar, Hilary Jenson

First

The Volcano Disaster Assistance Program – Helping to save lives worldwide for more than 30 years

U.S. Geological Survey

Jacob Lowenstern, Kate Jacques, Claire Landowski, Vivian Nguyen
What do you do when a sleeping volcano roars back to life? Call the USGS Volcano Disaster Assistance Program for expert help in a crisis!

Writer’s Portfolio

Award of Excellence

Counterfeit Seizures Exposed the Darker Side of Super Bowl 50

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Pual Koscak

Writer’s Portfolio: David Ochs

Fairfax County Park Authority

David Ochs
These articles appeared in an agency blog. They are part of Fairfax County Park Authority’s promotion of natural and cultural resources.

Second

Writer’s Portfolio: Karen Thayer

Fairfax County Park Authority

Karen Thayer

First

Marcy Mason’s Portfolio

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Marcy Mason
Marcy Mason’s portfolio features five magazine articles that shine a light on lesser- known aspects of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

News Release

Second

PFAS Discovered in Groundwater Near ARFF Training Areas

SOA, DOT&PF- Fairbanks International Airport

Samantha Loud, Angie Spear, Meadow Bailey, Aurah Landau

First

H2LOVE Campaign KICKOFF

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Rebecca Kimitch, Robert Muir

Photography

Second

Sooo Cold

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Mike Wintroath

First

Dramatic Driving “Photograph”

Missouri Department of Transportation

Cathy Morrison
The photograph depicts the fast-paced nature of driving in the dark. The lights whizzing by feel as if the viewer is being pulled forward.

Logo/Theme Art

Second

Master Angler Fish Pins and Coin

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Greta James
The Master Angler Fish Pins and coin, part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Com- mission’s Master Angler Program, give anglers incentive to continue fishing and encourages others to begin across the state.

First

Town of Waxhaw Events Logo Package

Town of Waxhaw, North Carolina

Jeni Bukolt

Poster

Award of Excellence

Contraband Signage

Virginia Department of Corrections

C. Ellison, Kathryn Jones, Michelle Bochman
Our series of eye-catching posters helped educate prison visitors about the types of contraband and the consequences for their possession.

NYC DOHMH- The Sour Side of Sweet- Sugary Drinks Awarness Campaign

VGD NYC/ NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Laura Rivera, Pamela Rowland, Ted Matsushita, Santiago Moreno, Tae yang, Robbie Szelei

CDC Heads Up Football Poster

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention

Kelly Sarmineto, Rosanne Hoffman, Zoe Donnell, Elizabeth Bell
High school athletes can protect themselves from concussion and other serious brain injury. This poster conveys that message in an eye-catching way.

Second

H2LOVE Bus and Train Wraps

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Debra Sass, Robert Muir

Display

Award of Excellence

Rick Evans Grandview Praire Conservation Education Center Auto Tour Signs

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Greta James, Jeff Williams, Kirsten Barlow

Click it or Ticket – “If Only” Display

Texas Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Division

Terry Pence, Jessica Son, Charles Webre, Jose Marrero

Second

Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Trail Signs

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Jeanne Zaffarano, Kristen Bartlow, Jeff Williams

First

Interacting with Land Change Science

EROS Center

Jan Nelson, Peggy Connot, Andy Kykstra

Conference Materials

Second

DoDEA 2017 Grantee All-Hands Meeting

Department of Defense Education Activity

Gina Robles-Villalba, Calynn Evans, Karen Braxton

First

Benefits U Conference Materials

Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System

Michael Azar, Jade Elwess, Candy Smith
Benefits U is an educational conference led by Missouri State Employees’ Retire- ment System for HR personnel who enroll state employees in benefit programs.

Promotional Campaigns (less than $100,000)

Award of Excellence

Texa$IZE Your Retirement Campaign

Empower Retirement

Lindsey Falduto, Nora Alvarado, Sarah Donahue
The Texa$IZE Your Retirement campaign encouraged low saving participants to close their retirement income gap with increased contributions.

#AdoptASharkWeek

Montgomery County, VA

Derley Aguilar, Kathryn Schneider, Eileen Mahan, Marilyn Wheaton

#AdoptASharkWeek, a playful social media campaign, features descriptions and im- ages of adoptable cats and dogs dressed in shark costumes.

Burke Lake Golf Center Opening

Fairfax County Park Authority

Roberta Korzen
Our goal was to share the exciting news about the construction and opening of Burke Lake Golf Center’s double-decker, heated/covered driving range with 64 lighted stations (24 heated and covered) and modernized clubhouse, with golfers and non-golfers alike, through a variety of outlets.

Second

EDGE Virtual Training Outreach Campaign

Department of Homeland Security Science and Techonology Directorate

John Verrico, Stacey Levitt, Milton Nenneman, Michelle Milliner, Tami Griffith, Bob Walker, Carter Newman

First

California Waterfix

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Monika Medina, Chris Hamawi

Public Service Announcement

Award of Excellence

Crazy for Cats

Montgomery County, VA

Derley Aguilar
Crazy for Cats is a fun, timeless, share-worthy public service announcement focused on helping felines find their purrfect match.

The Right Tool

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHQP

Clare Lynam, Janine Clay, Andrew Fitzgerald

We Are There Public Service Announcment

Social Security Administration

Brendan Muth, Lynette Fletcher, Kevin Alban, Ivelisse Cordero, Kimberly Perry, Richard “Rick” Alves
We Are There shows the important role Social Security plays by providing financial support throughout life’s journey.

Second

NYC DOHMH- The Sour Side of Sweet- Sugary Drinks Awarness Campaign

VGD NYC/ NYC Department of Heallth and Mental Hygiene

Robbie Szelei, Laura Rivera, Ted Matsushita, Tae Yang

First

Click it or Ticket – “If Only” PSA

Texas Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Division

Terry Pence, Jessica Son, Charles Webre, Jose Marrero

Internal Communication

Award of Excellence

Member Login Tutorial

Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System

Michael Azar, Jade Elwess, Candy Smith.

Second

CalSTRS: Central TV: 3 Things

California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Thomas O’Hair, David Gerberding, Susan Davis, Kathy Halstead

This innovative effort has created enormous buzz and engagement through our organization. Even our executives are joining in the fun!

First

Proud to Protect: Video

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Darrel Azar, Sean Mathis
Facts are not enough, great communications touch our emotions. The Proud to Protect video delivers on all levels for weary public servants.

Educational Programs (more than $50,000)

Award of Excellence

Help and Hope Campaign Videos – Dads Make a Difference

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Rich Terry, Gretchen Hicks, Angie Nelson

Second

Climate Change Video

City of Austin (TX) Office of Sustainability

Rich Terry, Matt Mowat, Angie Nelson, Jose Marrero

First

Solar Cup Competition

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Julie Miller Kalbacher, Adrian Hightower, Brian Martz

Website (New)

Award of Excellence

www.campusdrugprevention.gov

Drug Enforcement Administration

Richard Lucey, Jr., Hortense Barber, Nicholas Rockower, Gary Owen
The Drug Enforcement Administration created www.campusdrugprevention.gov as a resource for professionals working to prevent drug abuse among college students.

Electronic Publication

Award of Excellence

CalSTRS: Teacher Talk

California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Thomas O’Hair, Melissa Wiese
Teacher Talk profiles are about good storytelling – highlighting interesting members and their plans for the future, including retirement.

Second

Social Security Matters Blog

Social Security Administration

Janny Lora, Ray Fernandez, Jenna Yeager, Justin Sirois, Mariah Irvin
Social Security Matters (blog.ssa.gov) explains Social Security news, programs, and services in an engaging and conversational tone.

First

DHS S&T Mobilizing Innovation

Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

Tim Shephard, Jacyln Cotugno, Jennifer Schwed, Colleen Dunn

Audio Communication

Award of Excellence

Click it Or Ticket – “If Only” Radio

Texas Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Division

Terry Pence, Jessica Son, Charles Webre, Jose Marrero

Mobile

Second

Colorado River Aqueduct Virtual Reality Application

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Rupam Soni, Adrian Hightower

First

Park Mobile 2.0 Framwork – Yellowstone National Park Mobile Application

Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

Matt Poyner, Katrina Gonzalez, Chuck Dunkerly
A mobile app that provides wayfinding and information about points of interest in national parks; and provides audio descriptions for sight-impaired visitors.

Web Article

Award of Excellence

Blog Entry: Do You Know Why There Are Leash Laws?

Fairfax County Park Authority

David Ochs

Justice Department Observes National Missing Children’s Day

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Anna Johnson, Catherine Doyle, James Antal
Article provides an overview of DOJ’s Missing Children’s Day ceremony and high- lights federal resources on missing and exploited children.

Branding/Rebranding Campaign

Award of Excellence

Montgomery County, VA, Animal Care and Adoption Center Branding

Montgomery County, VA

Derley Aguilar, Eileen Mahan, Jennifer Tatum Harris
The ACAC is a welcoming, fun, caring place that encourages interaction with pets in need. Branding reflects the spirit of the center.

First

The State of Rebranding – Unifying and Modernizing the State of Minnesota Brand

State of Minnesota

Laura Cederberg, Janelle Tummerl, Jenna Covey, Jeremy DePew
The State of Minnesota shed 23 outdated logos for one cohesive brand to support recruitment, increase awareness, and save $1.7M annually.

Infographic (External)

Second

OJJDP Fiscal Year 2016 Awards

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Anna Johnson, Catherine Doyle

First

What is Social Security?

Social Security Administration

Kevin Alban, Kim Perry, Jamie Slavy
The ‘What is Social Security’ infographic highlights why Social Security was created and the financial support it provides to the public.

External Newsletter

First

This Week from the Mayor

City of Renton, WA
Denis Law, Preeti Shridhar, Dave Neubert, Beth Haglund

Article

Second

“From the Inside Out: A Long-Term Vision for Conservation in Southern California”

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Susan Sims, Rebecca Kimitch, Robert Muir, Thair Peterson

 

Brochures/Booklet

Award of Excellence

The Regional Municipality of Durham-Source Water Protection Brochure

Regional Municipality of Durham

Melissa Westover, Tavis Nimmo
By condensing extensive legislation into an organized, easy-to-read booklet, The Regional Municipality of Durham is effectively reaching its target audience to help protect drinking water sources.

Zika: A CDC Guide for Travelers

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Carolina Uribe, Tessa Burton, Megan O’Sullivan

Second

2017 Tax Planner & Service Guide

Constitutional Tax Collector, Serving Palm Beach County

Anne Gannon, Jennifer DuBois, Amy Murphy

First

Edina Art Center Birthday Party Brochure

City of Edina, Minnesota

Jennifer Bennerotte, Katie Laux, Michael Frey

Technical or Statistical Report

Award of Excellence

What’s In Your Water? 2016 Water Quality Report for Town of Leesburg, VA

Town of Leesburg, VA

Amy Wyks, Russell Chambers, Joseph Phillips

Second

California WaterFix White Papers and Fact Sheets

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Debra Sass, Jannine Rojo

First

Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Carbon Fluxes in Ecosystems of Hawaii

U.S. Geological Survey

Paul Selmants, Regan Austin, Cory Hurd
The USGS Hawaii carbon report assessed how carbon is stored and cycled through Hawaiian ecosystems and what’s likely to change in the future.

Most Improved Publication

Award of Excellence

Fort Union National Monument Brochure

Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

Lisa Sullivan, Angela Faulkner, James Eynard, Patricia Lovett
The improved brochure helps visitors imagine life in a western frontier fort from the multiple perspectives of those who experienced it.

Second

Brochure for Fort Larned National Historic Site

Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

Betsy Ehrlich, Mary Yakush, Joe Milbrath, James Mann, Pat Lovett, George Elmore
Through compelling text and graphics, the Fort Larned national park brochure in- vites visitors to explore stories of freedom, power, and more.

First

Understanding Sleep

NIH/NINDS

Paul Girolami

Graphic Design

Award of Excellence

NYC DOHMH- The Sour Side of Sweet-Sugary Drinks Awarness Campaign

VGD NYC/NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Robbie Szelei, Santiago Moreno, Ted Matsushita, Tae Yang

The Adventure of the Safety Friends Comic Book

Missouri Department of Transportation

Laura Seabaugh, Bethany Belt, Patrick Wood
The Adventures of the Safety Friends comic, created as a fun giveaway for the MO State Fair, promotes the Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign.

Second

7th Annual Festival at the Switchyard Poster

City of Carrollton, Texas

Kelli Lewis, Espeanza Castaneda, Susan Prosoco
This poster advertised the City of Carrollton’s event, incorporating the rock style of the event’s national headlining band and drawing over 30,000 guests.

First

Russell Cave National Monument Brochure

Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

Lisa Sullivan, James Eynard, Patricia Lovett, Angela Faulkner, Joseph Milbrath
The deceptively simple design of this new brochure helps visitors readily discover 10,000 years of human history at a single site.

Special Event (Internal)

Award of Excellence

Talk. Text. Crash. Campaign Kickoff Press Conference and Event Tour

Texas Department of Transportation

Terry Pence, Shalandra Rogers, Robert Nash, Adrienne Dealy

IAVCEI 2017 Scientific Assembly-Portland, Oregon, August 14-18

U.S. Geological Survey

USGS Volcano Science Center and Menlo Park Publishing Service Center

Second

Hurricane Irma

St. Lucie County, FL

Erick Gill, Mike Claus, Flyn Fidgeon
For Hurricane Irma, St. Lucie County’s Communications staff issued 26 press re- leases, nearly 300 posts to social media and 11 live briefings from the Emergency Operations Center, reaching more than 348,000 people and increasing its Face- book following by 18 percent with an average response rate of less than 15 min- utes for the month of September and 8 minutes during the week of the storm.

First

Avoiding cosmic jams on the way to and from the celestial dance

Oregon Department of Transportation

Paula Negele, Cory Grogan, Dave Thompson

DEBS Park Conservation Garden Dedication

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Yvette Martinez, Fernando Rios, Jannine Rojo

Special Purpose Product

Award of Excellence

Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide

U.S. Geological Survey

Joan Gomberg, Claire Landowski, Kate Jacques, Suzanne Roberts
Subduction zones: where the Earth’s action is! New USGS products plan for future research on earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and landslides.

Second

“Every Pixel” Video Series

EROS Center

Jan Nelson, Peggy Connot, Jim Nelson

First

Interactive World Map of Areas with Risk of Zika

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Ryan Lash, Ronnie Henry, Ginny Lee, Megan O’Sullivan
“The interactive Zika world map delivers actionable recommendations for travel- ers and is a hallmark communication resource from CDC.”

Calendar

Award of Excellence

Highway Safety Kids Calendar

Idaho Transportation Department

Margaret Goertz

Metropolitan Day in the Life Employee Calendar

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Debra Sass, Tuannee Holmes

Healthy Strides 2018 Calendar

Fairfax County Park Authority

Karen Thayer

Second

National Prevention Week 2018 Planning Guide and Resource Calendar

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA

Vanguard Communications
The National Prevention Week (NPW) 2018 Planning Guide and Resource Calendar serves both the planners and the procrastinators while planning 2018 and 2019 events. Throughout the calendar, there are health observances, SAMHSA re- sources, and information about NPW partners and the tools they can provide. It also features planning tasks that should be completed each quarter, as well as week-by-week pages with space to capture new ideas for events. Together, these pages equip communities with the tools for making the most of NPW 2018 and set a brilliant stage for NPW 2019.

First

Arkansas Wildlife Calendar, 2017-18

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Jeff Williams, Jim Harris, Jeanne Zaffarano, Mike Wintroath

Shoestring Budget

Award of Excellence

Durham Region- The Right Choice for a Bright Future

Regional Municipality of Durham

Tania Laverty, Sandra Austin, Simon Gill, Jas Sagoo, Rob Halko
The Amazon HQ2 Bid Proposal website highlights the benefits of investing in Durham, and showcases the region’s talent, diversity and competitiveness.

Second

Skagit Tours Trailer

Seattle City Light

Koryn Kennedy

First

MWD Oroville Videos

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Monika Medina, Fernando Ojeda-Rios

K-12 Educational Programs

Award of Excellence

New Jersey Shout Down Drugs

Partnership for Drug-Free New Jersey in Cooperation with GCADA & NJ Dept. of Human Services- Free New Jersey

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

Second

2017 Students Art Contest: The adventure starts here

Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Dart Marketing & Communications

First

Social Security Educator Toolkit

Social Security Administration

Lynette Fletcher, Kimberly Perry, Kevin Alban, Jamie Slavy, Irene Saccoccio, Donald Randazzo, Karen Watson
The Educator Toolkit includes lesson plans, infographics, talking points, and more to engage the high school audience with Social Security.

Promotional Campaigns (greater than $100,000)

Award of Excellence

Click it or Ticket – “If Only” Display

Texas Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety

Division Terry Pence, Jessica Son, Charles Webre, Jose Marrero

H2LOVE Summer Campaign

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Susan Sims, Yvetter Martinez, Robert Muir, Debra Sass

Second

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention: Increasing Clinicians’ HPV Vaccination Recommendation Quality to Prevent Cancer.

CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Hager Sharp

First

Zika Prevention Campagin for Male Travelers with Female Partners of Reproductive Age

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Allison Frideman, Jennifer Burchfield, Stafanie Erskine

Public Affairs Program

Second

Beyond the Badge

City of Edina, MN

Dietrich Nissen, Jennifer Bennerotte, Kaylin Eidsness, Scott Denfield

First

Hurricane Sandy: National Park Service Resilience and Restoration

Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

Sarah Gulick, Erin Finicane, Chuck Dunkerly

What do you do when a hurricane knocks a hole through your park? Learn how Fire Island NS uses science to helps steward its natural resources.

Educational Programs (less than $50,000)

Award of Excellence

FirstNet: A Broadband Network for Public Safety, By Public Safety

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Kyle S. Richardson, Ryan Oremiand, Guy Noffsinger, Joseph Ray

Second

Professor Finance Video Series

City of Alexandria, VA

Nathan Carrick, Gus Caravalho

First

Fort Union Trading Post Educational Video Series

Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

David Ehrenberg, Sarah Gulick, Chuck Dunkerly
This educational video series was produced by the National Park Service in-house filmmaking team and has over 100,000 views on social media.

Documentary

Award of Excellence

Peale’s Museum

Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

William Caughlan, Bill Caughlan, Richard Starr, Patrcia Jones, Cynthia MacLeod
Charles Wilson Peale created an eclectic museum on the 2nd floor of Independ- ence Hall. The film whimsically recreates the museum based on his writings and artwork.

Second

Kilavea Summit Eruption: Lava Returns to Halemaumau

U.S. Geological Survey

Stephen M. Wessells, Janet Babb, Tina Nelson

First

Prairie River Home

Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

Mark Southern, Kristen Maxfield, Peter Argentine
“Prairie River Home” celebrates the rich natural and cultural history of the Niobrara National Scenic River, an unexpected oasis in the arid Nebraska Sandhills.

Website (Redesigned)

Award of Excellence

National Capital Planning Commission Website

National Capital Planning Commission Website

Steve Morgan, Nick Bonard, Paul Jutton, Stephen Staudigl

Second

Oregon Department of Transportation Web Reinvention Project: Eating the elephant one bite at a time

Oregon Department of Transportation

Tom Fuller, Sally Ridenour

First

Idaho Transportation Department Website

Idaho Transportation Department

Pauline Davis

E-Newsletter

Award of Excellence

DirectLine Newsletter

Austin Parks & Recreation Department

Bett Puy, Shelley Parks, Amanda Moya, John Nixon

Golf Fairfax E-Newsletter

Fairfax County Park Authority

Roberta Korzen
The Golf Fairfax e-news serves as a tool to communicate with current, past and po- tential customers, to track and collect customer data for marketing and analytical purposes and provide timely information, news, discounts, sales, events at our 7 courses.

TechBeat

National Institute of Justice, Justice Technology Information Center

Dr. Mark Greene, Barry Bratburd
TechBeat informs the law enforcement, corrections and forensic communities on technologies and related programs and services within government and private industry.

First

NIEHS Environmental Factor

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Kelly Lenox, Robin Arnette, Joe Poccia
The Environmental Factor is the premier NIEHS newsletter. Monthly issues feature science-related activities involving the institute.

Social Media

Award of Excellence

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Rex Peteet, Guy Bommarito, Angie Nelson, Jose Marrero

The Bowen Group Department of Defense, Defense Suicide Prevention Office “ Be There Peer Support Outreach and Call Center”

Department of Defense, Office of Financial Readiness
Wendy Lakso, Wendy Turanski, Jason Buttram, Julie Dymon

#WhereisLordFairfax Campaign to Promote Discovery Trail Map

Fairfax County Park Authority
Karen Thayer

Second

Montgomery County, VA, Animal Care and Adoption Center Social Media

Montgomery County, VA
Derley Aguilar, Marilyn Wheaton, Shannon Porter, Eileen Mahan

First

Fact of Fiction Social Media Campaign Department of Defense, Manpower & Reserve Affairs Maj. Michael Odle, Ms. Robyn Mroszcyk

Web Article

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Second

First.

Infographic (Internal)

Award of Excellence

The Bowen Group Department of Defense, Office of Financial Readiness Savings Inforgraphic Series

Department of Defense Office of Financial Readiness

Nora Clouse, Lisa Schulze, Brittany Hegland, Hilary Ucciardi

2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Judges

Elena Andro

Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Charlie Baglan

Kentucky State Government “Kentucky Afield Radio Show”

Ric Barrick

Broward County Florida

Erin Biehl

Ohio School for the Deaf/Blind

Brigitte Brantley

Office of the Secretary of Defense

Maggie Bray

Synergy Enterprises, Inc

SJ Brown

U.S. Air Force Reserve

Cheryl Chambers

Courteous Living LLC

Dennis Crayon

LaToya T. Graddy

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

Roxy Hambleton

U.S. Air Force Reserve

Laura Kirkpatrick

New Jersery City University

Daryn Kirkpatrick

Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Shari Lemoine

U.S. Air Force Reserve

Jessica Lorenz

The Cadmus Group LLC

Beatriz  Martinez

Clark County Regional Flood Control District

John Nixon

Austin Parks & Recreation Department

Michael Nowak

University and National Laboratory Partnerships

N. Patterson

U.S. Air Force Reserve

Gina Robles-Villalba

Synergy Enterprises, Inc

Walt Romaniw

Federal Aviation Administration

Susan Saurage-Altenloh

Saurage Research, Inc.

Paul Sicilano Vivian Smith

Synergy Enterprises, Inc

William Soo

Synergy Enterprises, Inc

Kathryn Stokes

Mississipi Department of Employment Security

Kevin Sykes

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division

Scott Thompson

Marketing and Communications Division

Jane Tobler

Vanguard Communications

Maria Vanderkolk

City of Arvada

John Verrico

Department of Homeland Security

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Determining the”Best in Show” winner for 2018 BP&GS competition.

NAGC hosted more than three-dozen fantastic presenters at our 2017 Communications School. Six of them are coming back for encore performances of their top-rated sessions.

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Each year, NAGC awards a government communicator who has helped instill public trust by effectively presenting accurate, timely and meaningful information, sometimes under exceptional circumstances.

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Members Area

2018 Communications School

2018 Communications School Will be held June 19-21, 2018 in Ft. Myers, Florida. NAGC is seeking folks to join the Program Committee to help develop program content. You do not have to be an  NAGC member to participate in the Program committee. If interested, please contact Michelle Savoie, Savoie@nagconline.org.

Board Blog

NAGC Applauds Public Relations Industry Focus on Ethics

As the president-elect of NAGC, I applaud Richard Edelman’s call to the public relations industry as reported by PRWeek, to develop “a set of principles that are universal, consistent, and well understood across the industry… to adhere to a single set of strong standards, and to hold all of our people accountable to them.”

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Crisis Communications: A Tale of Two Cities

Crisis communications planning has never been more important than it is today. The proliferation of social media has the ability to turn any event into an out-of-control news cycle in the blink of an eye. Social media may not be the culprit, but more often these days, groups use the tool to spark interest in an event, which may garner attention beyond their expectations. How well a community or agency plans for such unintended consequences distinguishes how they respond in the eyes of the world. Let’s look at two different scenarios and each community’s response and the aftermath.

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NAGC Forums

NAGC Forums, a new feature that aims to create a place to discuss issues and concerns facing government communicators in order to identify and share best practices.

Each month, NAGC will post a topic for discussion. We’re asking you to share your experiences and ideas. We’ll compile the best of them and write a blog post and share those findings with all NAGC members.