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2019 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award Winners

Best-in-Show Award

A Best-in-Show Award was presented to the Tampa Police Department for their entry in the Social Media Outreach (non-paid) category, entitled “The Grinch Who Stole Packages.” The NAGC Board of Directors determines the Best-in-Show award each year from among all the first-place awards.

“The competition was very tight, and we spent considerable time selecting this year’s best in show,” said Chris O’Neil, president of the National Association of Government Communicators. “Ultimately we felt the Tampa Police Department’s entry earned this recognition because their entry clearly demonstrated the highly effective delivery of information through creative and engaging outreach that was produced in a very cost effective way and yielded a significant return on investment.”


Annual Report

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2018 Year in Review

Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

With employees as committed to the mission as ours, the stories write themselves. “I dedicate my professional life to serve Veterans because I’m a Veteran, I know what it’s like,” says Andrew V., an IT specialist. A majority of OIT’s workforce are Veterans themselves.

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2018 Year in Review

National Capital Planning Commission

NCPC’s small Office of Public Engagement totally redesigned its digital annual report in little more than a month. Our webmaster created the design, our graphic designer drew the illustrations, and our public affairs specialist wrote it. The result: an eye-catching, easy to review report that garnered public attention and praise.

Audio Communications

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First Responders and 9/11-Related Illnesses

Federal Bureau of Investigation

9/11 first responders are being diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses that are linked to toxic exposure at the crash and evidence sites. So far, 15 FBI Special Agents have died and others are sick. A series of audio products urges all first responders to enroll for health benefit programs.

Booklet or Brochure

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"Join the Team" Recruitment Brochure

Covered California

A vibrantly colored, eye-catching recruitment brochure captures the spirit of the agency tasked with helping millions of Californians obtain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Covered California’s “Join the Team” brochure attracted a talented and growing group of professionals who help residents get the care they need and deserve.

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Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center Dedication Ceremony Booklet

City of Virginia Beach

The HRC dedication ceremony booklet commemorates the more than 30-year history of City, faith and nonprofit organizations working together to eradicate homelessness in Virginia Beach. The keepsake booklet features an overview of the 62,000-square-foot, first-of-its-kind facility in the region, and the inspiring story of providing help to the homeless.

Brand Identity

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Women & Golf Fairfax

Fairfax County Park Authority

Our community of new and seasoned women golfers aligns with the PGA’s initiative to #inviteher. We are proud to be a part of this movement and to provide a welcoming environment for all women to have confidence to learn, play and practice golf and to encourage others to do so.

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South Suburban Rebrand

South Suburban Park and Recreation District

Communications staff successfully rebranded the 60 year-old organization, which serves nearly 155,000 residents in a diverse geographic and demographic landscape. The community has embraced the new look and feel and staff continues to maintain the organization's high level of service and reputation throughout the district.

Calendar

Award of Excellence

Healthy Strides Calendar

Fairfax County Park Authority

Healthy Strides is Fairfax County Park Authority’s wellness program, and our signature publication is the annual wall calendar. Funded solely by sponsors, 10,000 copies are distributed throughout Fairfax County. The pictures are beautiful, content is engaging, and message is prominent – Healthy Strides is the way to better health!

Award of Excellence

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2019 Planning Guide and Resource Calendar

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The NPW 2019 Planning Guide and Resource Calendar inspires prevention professionals as they plan their NPW 2019 events and activities. Prevention can and should happen every day, and we hope this calendar will be a useful and engaging resource as users continue their work inspiring action and changing lives.

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2018 Carrollton Pet Calendar

City of Carrollton, Texas

This calendar put the fun in fundraising. Net revenue totaled $1,733 for the animals at the Carrollton Adoption Center.  The community came out in full force with nearly 60 participants submitting almost 150 photos of pets. By contest’s end, $695 had been raised by photo submissions alone.

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Arkansas Wildlife

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The Arkansas Wildlife calendar is a product of talented people with many other duties at the agency. They're proud of the each year's calendar and they work hard to produce pages that are beautiful and informative.

Community Engagement Forum

Award of Excellence

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) took action to empower Texans to take simple steps to protect themselves, their families and their communities from the spread of Zika. This campaign, including informational sessions with community leaders in higher-risk communities, contributed to a decrease in Zika cases from 2016-2018.

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Deterrence Symposium 2018

United States Strategic Command

The USSTRATCOM PA team is entrusted with synchronizing and integrating communication efforts through social media, community outreach, and media relations to meet and exceed communication goals and manage USSTRATCOM’s reputation as the world’s premier center of deterrence, assurance, and guarantor of security to our nation and allies.

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HRSA Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fairs (Spring and Fall 2018)

Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

The American Association of Medical Colleges estimates there will be a shortage of 120,000 physicians by 2030. The behavioral health disparity is more severe than any other specialty. HRSA addresses this problem with its virtual job fairs that connect behavioral health care clinicians to underserved clinics across the country.

Display

Award of Excellence

10 Million Patents: Walk of Progress

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

- Large sidewalk decals were placed along several blocks leading to main building of USPTO. - The display highlighted important moments, notable inventors, and changing patent designs over two centuries of American innovation. - Enabled us to engage with the community to celebrate USPTO’s historic issuance of Patent 10 Million.

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FBCEC Woodland Edge Trail Interpretive Signs

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The FBCEC Woodland Edge trail interpretive signs feature native plants, birds, fish and wildlife found along the 1-mile loop in a fun, yet informative design, with beautiful willdife photos.

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United States Marine Corps War Memorial Wayside Exhibits (including bronze tactile elements and audio descriptions)

Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

Interpretation addresses complex meanings of the memorial which commemorates the bravery of all US Marines who gave their lives to defend our freedom. Waysides honor the patriotism and sacrifices of America’s military families. Enhanced accessibility includes unique bases; special layouts for viewing from a distance; and tactile and audio elements.

Documentary

Award of Excellence

Class Six-Two: The Academy

City of Virginia Beach

Kory Smith's extraordinary eye for capturing moments and images combined with the incredible skill of the editing team led by JPixx's Karla Espino created a series that proudly shows the the Virginia Beach Police Department's pride, professionalism and commitment to excellence in its service to the community.

Award of Excellence

Downtown St. Louis and the Poplar Street Bridge

Missouri Department of Transportation

The video highlights important projects for the city of St. Louis that have taken a great deal of work and time to complete. It showcases the three decades of innovation, partnerships and planning that went into these great improvements.

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Hanging by a Thread: WAPA's Response to the Carr Fire

Western Area Power Administration

WAPA responds to disasters all over the world. The purpose of this video was to show the direct effect WAPA has on the communities that we serve, and that our efforts not only help those in need, but that the work that we do saves lives.

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NIH Orloff Awards Profile Series

The NHLBI Orloff Awards videos turn leading edge discoveries into health by effectively communicating complex scientific discoveries.  We were thrilled to be involved in the project, getting to know all the team members and clinicians, and are thankful for the hard work the NHLBI is doing to make a difference.

Educational or Promotional Campaign (greater than $100,000)

Award of Excellence

Louisiana WIC Enrollment Campaign

Louisiana WIC Program

Louisiana WIC's "food, family and fun" celebrates WIC as a positive lifestyle choice for families in need. The campaign features many families who participate in WIC, and the program staff that work with them. It is their stories that fuel this campaign to grow WIC enrollment and inspire good health.

Award of Excellence

Our Roads, Our Safety Campaign

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The campaign is a perfect example of how the public and private sector works together to address a serious issue -road safety. Whether driving a bus, truck or car, motorcycle, bicycling, or walking, reducing crashes and fatalities involving large trucks and buses is a shared responsibility that keeps everyone safe.

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Protect Your Move Anti-Moving Fraud Outreach Campaign

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Protect Your Move is an important government effort that not only works to protect consumers from financial fraud, but helps them protect their life’s memories during a stressful and vulnerable time. We are proud that each year of this campaign we have reached a larger or more accurately targeted audience.

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Mental Health First Aid 2018 Media Campaign

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

- Show ads: http://www.dcf.nyc/mhfa  - Explain if the 92,000 people who took this course only helped 10 people, they’ve helped improve the lives of almost 1 million. - Encourage anyone from NYC to sign up for MHFA and others to learn how to implement an MHFA program in their community.

Educational or Promotional Campaign (less than $100,000)

Award of Excellence

10 Million Patents

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

- Reaching 10 million patents is an incredible milestone for the USPTO and took a lot of staff hours and dedication to support, promote, and amplify this campaign.  - This was a successful campaign because of the dedicated staff, various events, end products, social media reach, and partnerships.

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#ThatsMyBay Pollution Prevention Outreach

Port of San Diego

Upon release of the first #ThatsMyBay video, "Trash Trooper Troy vs. Trash" the average YouTube watch time during the first month was thirty-one seconds for a twenty-six second video because so many people would rewind the video and watch the final scene again!

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Build Our Future BA 2018 GO Bond

City of Broken Arrow

The City of Broken Arrow passed the largest municipal bond package in the city’s history to improve the lives of 112,000 residents. Through stakeholder input and providing comprehensive voter education, the campaign resulted in approval rates as high as 74% on six different propositions and increased voter turnout by 153%.

Electronic Publication

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TechBeat

Justice Information Technology Center, National Institute of Justice

TechBeat is a free monthly source of technology news related to the public safety community and research efforts in government and private industry. Its audience includes members of the law enforcement, corrections, and forensic sciences communities.

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2018 Hawaiian Volcano Observatory weekly “Volcano Watch”

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

In 2018, “Volcano Watch” was an important communication tool used by the U.S. Geological Survey to keep people in Hawaiʻi and around the world informed about the volcanic activity and hazards associated with Kīlauea Volcano’s largest lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit caldera collapse in at least 200 years.

E-Newsletter

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The Media Borough Monthly eNewsletter

Media Borough, Media, PA

DandeLions Digital believes that municipalities who establish digital communications with their residents and visitors via a monthly emailed newsletter, social media campaigns and good website design, will quickly see an increase in engagement from an already captive audience who rely on their devices for news everyday.

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"All Things Covered" Employee Newsletter

Covered California

"All Things Covered has a flair for finding interesting stories to tell about employees. The newsletter is produced in a more casual and colorful tone than similar publications. While leadership messages are included, the focus is on rank-and-file employees -- their lives at work and after hours.

Graphic Design

Award of Excellence

Unigrid Brochure, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina/Virginia

Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

The reader is invited on a journey of discovery. At the heart of the Parkway’s design was the idea of extraordinary variety—of people, historic sites, vistas, and landscapes. In the same way the designer chose a mix of panoramas and exquisite detail to convey the richness of this road.

Award of Excellence

Unigrid Brochure, Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas

Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

This powerful, in-your-face treatment of the mammoth could have easily overwhelmed the brochure, but the designer’s masterful orchestration of the elements—succinct text, carefully-selected photos, and elegant maps—created a dynamic environment that set the stage for this fascinating story—a place where science and wonder come alive.

Award of Excellence

Valles Caldera: A Resilient Land

Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

The new Valles Caldera National Preserve brochure welcomes this expansive, volcanic landscape into the national park system by displaying its scenic natural features, succinctly explaining its complex and important geology and ecosystems, and assisting visitors as they navigate through the preserve.

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: The Cold War Park

Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

Who knew the only national park to focus on the 20th century’s Cold War era was right off a major summer vacation route? That’s why weary travelers are the park’s primary audience. With this brochure, we hope to introduce these accidental visitors to a chilling period of world history.

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8th Annual Festival at the Switchyard Design

City of Carrollton, Texas

In order to eliminate a previously high cost of outsourcing and to maintain creative control, the poster’s content, design, and layout were handled in-house. The artwork was created early to share with potential sponsors and the acquired sponsorships meant that printing was free.

Grassroots Marketing Campaign

Award of Excellence

2018 Carrollton Pet Calendar

City of Carrollton, Texas

This calendar put the fun in fundraising. Net revenue totaled $1,733 for the animals at the Carrollton Adoption Center.  The community came out in full force with nearly 60 participants submitting almost 150 photos of pets. By contest’s end, $695 had been raised by photo submissions alone.

Award of Excellence

Chinese Language Outreach

Through a focused, grass-roots approach to reach Chinese-Americans, Metropolitan strengthened outreach for its conservation messaging, using influencers, trusted businesses and community organizations and popular media.  This culturally focused outreach, creative media and research-based advertising reinforced water-savings messages, contributing to an overall reduction of water usage in Southern California in 2018.

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Careless Swipers

Seattle City Light

We reminded all ID badge holders that a seemly pointless rule exists for very specific and important reason.  We made it funny and memorable, and, most importantly, OK to stop tailgaters.   And we managed to blackout the entire city of Seattle on our own, with no prior animations skills.

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Take Your Hour Back

Constitutional Tax Collector, Serving Palm Beach County

We found 63% of clients were required to complete their transaction in person. Over half were required to come in person because they ran out of time. The Take Your Hour Back campaign was designed to empower clients to take control of their schedule and plan ahead for service.

Infographic

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‘Will Social Security Be There For Me?’ Infographic

Social Security Administration

Communicating with younger audiences is important for Social Security. To engage this audience, we put out materials that speak to them and the issues they face. Social Security’s solvency is an issue for Americans early on in their career and this aims to provide important information to this group.

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: The Cold War Park

Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

Who knew the only national park to focus on the 20th century’s Cold War era was right off a major summer vacation route? That’s why weary travelers are the park’s primary audience. With this brochure, we hope to introduce these accidental visitors to a chilling period of world history.

Internal Communications

Award of Excellence

Durham Region Writing Style training program

The Regional Municipality of Durham

Durham Region’s Corporate Communications Office created a training program about Durham Region Writing Style. The half-day course coaches non-communications staff to write clear, consistent communications that follow corporate style. The result: less editing, more empowered staff, and more professional written materials across the corporation.

Award of Excellence

"How To Work with OCC"

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

The “How-To” animations, and other Showcase collateral was subsequently on OCC’s SharePoint site, which allowed for an internal process to be clearly explained. The cost effectiveness of the OCC Showcase lies in cementing OCC’s role as the primary communications hub within the S&T ecosystem, enhancing S&T's communications efforts.

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“Fighting the Persistence of Gender Bias” USFWS HQ Women’s History Month 2018

Science Applications HQ, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Our provocative, internal campaign for Women’s History Month 2018 took a deeper look at gender bias in the workplace. Through events, a clothing drive, weekly emails, and an office “MORE” journal, our team spurred a lot of opportunities for conversation to create a more aware, responsible, and diverse work culture.

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Bathroom Bi-Weekly

City of West Allis

Let's face it: restroom users are a captive audience - why not inform them during bathroom breaks? The City of West Allis seized this opportunity to further internal communications with employees by publishing the Bathroom Bi-Weekly, a bi-weekly flyer that is posted in bathroom stalls city-wide to engage employees.

K-12 Educational Programs

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STEAM in Power Workshop

Seattle City Light

This workshop was a true collaboration, from City Light’s Lighting Design Lab team, Women in Power employee group, and a core team of passionate engineers. Everyone involved was eager to inspire the next generation of young women and pave the way for future STEAM in Power workshops in our communities.

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Jack Frost & Jill Frost. Kindergarten tow plow safety.

State of Alaska Department of Transportation

Children in Alaska wait for school buses in the dark nearly the whole schoolyear. Our largest pieces of snow removal equipment is the tow plow, which can weighs as much as 1.2 million candy canes. Our purpose for the contest was to educate kindergarten classes on snow plow safety.

Magazine

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Parktakes Magazine

Fairfax County Park Authority

Parktakes is the Fairfax County Park Authority’s chief marketing publication with a total circulation of more than 200,000.  The quarterly publication highlights classes, camps and programs at RECenters, nature centers, golf course, historic sites and waterfront parks, and generates $17 million in program revenue annually.

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South Fayette Connect

South Fayette Township

South Fayette Township's quarterly magazine, South Fayette Connect, funds community events with an innovative sponsor advertising program, offsetting production costs by more than 100 percent. Created by a single staff member, the magazine features original, local writing and photography highlighting municipal and community news, both in print and online.

Most Improved Publication

Award of Excellence

2019 Tax Planner & Services Guide

Constitutional Tax Collector, Serving Palm Beach County

The Tax Planner & Services Guide promotes the full range of services provided by the Constitutional Tax Collector, serving Palm Beach County, Florida. The 2019 edition was completely redesigned to reflect current client feedback and readership trends.

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Leadership Today. Water Tomorrow Brochure

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Metropolitan's new signature brochure, "Water Today. Leadership Tomorrow" replaced a series of tired-looking, old-school fact sheets that had too much text and too little impact on readers. The new brochure’s fresh design compels audiences to read about what we are doing to protect and deliver their water.

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Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

This new brochure boasts visual appeal with readability being improved through a more open and inviting layout, larger type with increased leading and column widths, and with clearer and more focused maps. The park now has an informative tool that can be used for many years to come.

News Release

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Be Safe With Waste - News Release

The Regional Municipality of Durham

Melissa Westover of Durham Region’s Corporate Communications Office wrote an impactful news release to call on residents to change their behavior by safely disposing of needles and glass, instead of tossing them in the garbage where they can injure waste collectors. There has since been no incidents reported to Communications.

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New CDC Report Shows Number of Uninsured Continued to Decline in 2017 for States That Created State-Based Marketplaces, Including California

Covered California

The data from the Centers for Disease Control gave Covered California an opportunity to share the success that California and other states were having in reducing the rate of uninsured.  Together a small team of government workers worked to develop and issue the release in roughly two hours.

Photographer's Portfolio

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Monmouth County Photography

Monmouth County Department of Public Information & Tourism

Mike Colarusso worked in the Department of Buildings and Grounds before his photography talents were discovered and brought to the attention of the Department of Public Information and Tourism. Mike takes pride in his art and it really shows through the beautiful photographs he takes.

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Veterans Keepsake Project

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

It really does take a village to make great things happen. From the collaborative effort to generate the concept, identify subjects, and create something that had a tremendous impact. We’re proud to be doing innovative work in government at an agency whose focus is on encouraging innovation.

Poster

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Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Promotional Poster Award

State Road and Tollway Authority

We would like to acknowledge the leadership, creative talents and vision of our Executive, Marketing and Communications teams. The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes now provides 29.7 miles of new Express Lanes - one of the largest Georgia Express Lane projects to date with over 2mil trips since its opening.

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8th Annual Festival at the Switchyard Poster

City of Carrollton, Texas

In order to eliminate a previously high cost of outsourcing and to maintain creative control, the poster’s content, design, and layout were handled in-house. The artwork was created early to share with potential sponsors and the acquired sponsorships meant that printing was free.

Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Award of Excellence

Texas Department of State Health Services – Zika Public Awareness Campaign

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) took action to empower Texans to protect themselves, their families and their communities from the spread of Zika. Due in part to the state’s proactive efforts to educate the public and community leaders, there was a decrease in Zika cases from 2016-2018.

Award of Excellence

"More Is Not Better" Salt Use PSA

City of Edina, MN

This fun video was produced entirely by City staff, both in front of and behind the camera. We set out to pass along important information in a fun, easy to identify with way.

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“If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign “Why” PSA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

This campaign focuses on educating the public on the importance of suspicious activity reporting and encouraging them to take an active role in protecting their communities. The campaign’s “Why” PSA encourages the general public to remain vigilant and protect their every day in a variety of “soft target” venues, such as sporting events, religious gatherings, concerts, festivals, schools, malls, and public transportation.

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Recycling PSA: Tangled Up!

Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management

Produced in-house by Baltimore County employees, "Tangled Up!" informs and entertains with local flavor and international appeal. The more than 160 government, nonprofit, business and media organizations and industry professionals around the globe who have shared the PSA agree that it vividly addresses a major problem at recycling sorting facilities.

Social Media Campaign (Paid Advertising)

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U.S. Coast Guard PSU Social Campaign

United States Coast Guard Recruiting

The Coast Guard needed to fill critical positions in their Port Security Units (PSU), but had a small advertising budget. LMD selected Facebook and Instagram for their ability to serve sponsored ads to highly specific target audiences. The ads LMD developed highlight the training, benefits, and work- life balance that PSU members receive, as these are highly valued and unique to the CoastGuard.

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South Suburban Golf Promos

South Suburban Parks and Recreation

This was the first golf video campaign South Suburban had ever run and it was a huge success in highlighting our courses. We also learned that using our own, recognizable staff increased the reach and popularity of our videos.

Social Media Outreach (Nonpaid)

Award of Excellence

Holiday Wishes Grant - Social Media Push

Montgomery County, VA

With up to $25,000 on the line, the Animal Care and Adoption Center vied for PetCo Foundation Holiday Wishes People's Choice Award grant. With social media as its primary method for encouraging online votes, the Center exceeded its goal of being a top-five vote-getter and scored the top prize!

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10 Million Patents social media

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

We should win because our team identified every available opportunity to promote the 10MP campaign to as many people possible. We partnered with multiple agencies and organizations in order to amplify all content produced for 10MP, which was about the journey to and celebrating a historic milestone.

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The Grinch Who Stole Packages

Tampa Police Department

We should win for several reasons: our daring use of social media to solicit the public's help in a crime prevention project; overall content creativity and message; police-community involvement during production; organic performance; impact on local crime reduction

Soft or Hard Cover Book

Award of Excellence

2018-19 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The Arkansas Hunting Guidebook is produced every year to update Arkansas hunters of regulation and season date changes, and is distributed statewide.

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Boca Raton Airport 70 Years

Boca Raton Airport Authority

The commemorative 70th Anniversary book produced by the Boca Raton Airport Authority offers a special look at the unique relationship between the Airport and the local community and serves as a thank you to all those who have contributed to the Airport's success in its past, present and future.

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2018 Update to the U.S. Geological Survey National Volcanic Threat Assessment

U.S. Geological Survey

All erupting volcanoes pose a degree of risk, but these risks are not equivalent from one volcano to another because of differences in eruptive style and geographic location. This book provides a categorization of these risks for U.S. volcanoes.

Special Event or Conference

Award of Excellence

Look Twice for Motorcycles Campaign Special Event

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

The Texas Department of Transportation is deeply honored to be recognized for its communication efforts to reduce crashes and fatalities on Texas roads. Developing virtual reality games and using gamification to raise awareness and teach safe driving skills is a new endeavor that seems to be paying off.

Award of Excellence

Patent 10 Million Ceremony and Reception at the Gristmill at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

To mark the historic milestone of the issuance of patent number ten million, the USPTO organized a signing ceremony and celebration for its most important stakeholders. The celebration was held at George Washington’s Gristmill, which uses the grain milling innovations in Patent 3X, signed by President George Washington in 1790.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Be Water Wise Night

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

The premier event of Metropolitan’s summer water conservation campaign was its partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Using the appeal of the popular team, Metropolitan was able to reinforce the public’s awareness of water issues, promote conservation with a creative approach and position Metropolitan as a leader in sustainability.

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Escape from Diablo: Fire Safety Video and Community Event

Seattle City Light

Instead of burying life-saving information in dry training material, the Escape from Diablo project became a memorable experience around an important message: City Light values the safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate. And we got Smokey Bear to attend the event. He’s in high demand!

Special Purpose Product

Award of Excellence

Look Twice for Motorcycles VR Game

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

The Texas Department of Transportation is deeply honored to be recognized for its communication efforts to reduce crashes and fatalities on Texas roads. Developing virtual reality games and using gamification to raise awareness and teach safe driving skills is a new endeavor that seems to be paying off.

Award of Excellence

Women of the U.S. Geological Survey in STEM and related careers collection of products

U.S. Geological Survey

This suite of products targets middle- and high-school, college, and graduate students and adults interested in science, showcasing various STEM-related careers of women in the U.S. Geological Survey. From childhood experiences to demonstrating how exciting science can be, the women portrayed provide inspiration to young people considering pursuing STEM careers.

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Live, Work and Play in the Desert - Apprentice Videos

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

To recruit and retain staff for vitally important construction, engineering and other trade positions in remote desert district facilities, Metropolitan created and produced a series of three short videos that featured strong storytelling and used geotargeting to promote the positives of the jobs and expand the candidate pool.

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The Greatest Responsibility

“The Greatest Responsibility” was disseminated on all organization social media platforms, the USSTRATCOM website, and is being used routinely by senior leaders as they engage with audiences globally – adding an element to their presentation that helps connect the American public with the importance of USSTRATCOM to U.S. national security.

Special Purpose Publication

Award of Excellence

HRSA HAB Building Futures Technical Assistance Toolkit

HRSA/HAB - DSFederal

DSFederal exists for one reason: To make the world a better place. We are honored to support the lifesaving work of the HIV/AIDS Bureau, especially the Ryan White Program, which serves the most vulnerable members of the HIV/AIDS community.

Award of Excellence

National Institute of Justice Journal

National Institute of Justice

The NIJ Journal delivers the latest research from NIJ and its grantees to help improve the criminal justice system. The goal is to present complex information in an easy-to-understand manner. Journal 279 focuses on research in the forensic sciences that can help improve public safety and the administration of justice.

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Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is literally a place of refuge, both historically and in modern times, for those seeking peace, solace, and inspiration. These park qualities can now provide even greater respite for visitors with visual challenges who experience the landscape with assistance from this new large-print brochure.

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A Guide to Local Farm Products in Chester County

Chester County Agricultural Development Council

Agriculture is constantly changing and there is more than one business model for success. Not all farmers need 100 acres to operate, some farm 15 acres or less. There is opportunity to integrate agriculture into developed areas and provide community benefit as well as economic development and workforce opportunities.

Technical or Statistical Report

Award of Excellence

Understanding the Influence of Nutrients on Stream Ecosystems in Agricultural Landscapes

Understanding the Influence of Nutrients on Stream Ecosystems in Agricultural Landscape represents the culmination of a 10-year-long National Water Quality Assessment Study and will serve as a valuable reference for resource managers and policy makers involved in the development of environmental policies on nutrients for years to come.

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2018 Update to the U.S. Geological Survey National Volcanic Threat Assessment

U.S. Geological Survey

All erupting volcanoes pose a degree of risk, but these risks are not equivalent from one volcano to another because of differences in eruptive style and geographic location. This book provides a categorization of these risks for U.S. volcanoes.

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Fiscal Notes Special Edition, A Storm to Remember: Hurricane Harvey and the Texas Economy

Texas Comptroller's CIS/DAT Divisions

In the special report on Hurricane Harvey, one of the costliest storms in American history, Fiscal Notes analyzed myriad studies and estimated the net economic impact of the storm: a loss of $3.8 billion in Gross State Product during the year after the storm.

Website

Award of Excellence

EdinaMN.gov

City of Edina, Minnesota

Goals of Edina, Minnesota's website redesign were to develop a more modern and mobile-friendly site, streamline content and improve the navigation, and create stronger micro-sites for the City’s enterprise facilities.

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Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education Website

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

The Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education website informs and educates Texas healthcare providers about Texas Health Steps and Medicaid services that impact the health of children. OPE offers free continuing education courses that are engaging, interactive, and convenient. Over 100,000 registered users have completed almost half a million courses.

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New Port of San Diego Website

Port of San Diego

We've received incredibly positive anecdotal feedback from employees, tenants and the public. Users comment how easy it is to find what they need, how much they appreciate the site, and how proud they are to share it – this is the ultimate reward for public service.

Writer's Portfolio

Award of Excellence

History of Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

A rare look into the early history of the facility now known as the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. It covers the time frame from President Nixon’s so-called War on Cancer announcement in late 1971 that launched the facility through 1978 and includes many historic photos.

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Unigrid Brochures, North Cascades National Park Complex, Washita Battlefield, Sand Creek Massacre National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Harpers Ferry Center/National Park Service

A NPS brochure fits into your pocket, but its research files are often voluminous. North Cascades, the first brochure in our program entirely about climate change, draws from reams of science supplied by park resource staff. Critical readings by subject matter experts ensure that texts are absolutely correct.

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Parktakes Features

Fairfax County Park Authority

These features appeared in Parktakes magazine – Fairfax County Park Authority’s primary marketing publication with a total circulation of more than 200,000.  The articles are designed to increase awareness of seasonal Park Authority programs and activities or to educate the reader about stewardship and volunteer opportunities.

Aaron Lavallee, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service
Alexander Whitman, Dept. of State Health Services, Center for External Relations
Allison Hummel, Battelle Memorial Institute
Amy Terrone, National Transportation Safety Board
Andrea Iglar, South Fayette Township
Anthony Zuccarini, eita
Barry Dalton, City of Columbia
Becca Melrath, Alexander & Tom Inc.
Billy Twigg, Alexander & Tom Inc.
Brian Corcoran, BC Media
Carolyn Donlin, U.S. Geological Survey
Casey Hedge, Massman Construction Co.
Charlie Baglan
Cheryl Chambers
Christopher O'Neil, National Transportation Safety Board
Cindy Malin, Broward County, FL
Claire Landowski, U.S. Geological Survey
Deb Sassen, IDOT
Erin Biehl, Ohio School for the Deaf/Ohio State School for the Blind
Erina Kong, Kitsap County
Glen Thomas, Memphis International Airport
Jack Connors, Battelle Memorial Institute
Jason Shepherd, Battelle Memorial Institute
Jeffery Pitts, City of Columbia
Jennifer Cragg, NPASE
Jennifer VanGilder, Dept. of State Health Services, Center for External Relations
Jessica Knight, Battelle Memorial Institute
John Verrico, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Kathleen Zona, NASA Glenn Research Center
Kathryn Stokes, MDES
Kevin Sykes, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division
LaToya Graddy, US Army Criminal Investigation Command
Laura Rainey, Memphis International Airport
Laura Wilcox, Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Leah Walton, National Transportation Safety Board
Lisa Cazacu, Dept. of State Health Services, Center for External Relations
Lisa Krueger Close, Somerset County, New Jersey
Lucio Bitoy, City of Columbia
Maria Kelly, Alexander & Tom Inc.
Marisa Ellison, MoDOT Northeast District
Michelle Gibler, University of Missouri School of Medicine
Nelson Solomon, Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Rachel White, USDA Forest Service
Raffi Handian, Memphis International Airport
Rebekah Mena, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Regan Austin, U.S. Geological Survey
Ric Barrick, Broward County
Sara Humm, City of Columbia
Sarah Kaukeinen, Battelle Memorial Institute
Stephanie Shaw, National Transportation Safety Board
Susan Saurage-Altenloh, Saurage Research, Inc.
Tammy Miller, City of Columbia
Wendy Wagner-Smith