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2020 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Judging

Judging Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards

YOU can be a judge for the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Blue Pencil & Gold Screen (BP&GS) Awards! As a judge, you are considered an expert in your field. You will also gain exposure to the tremendous talent, creativity and innovation from all of the communicators' submissions across government. By volunteering, you learn from your peers while providing a vital service to NAGC.

Listen to these former judges to find out what they learned from their time:

The Judging Process

Become a Judge
We want you to become a judge! If you're interested, please contact Jonelle Hilleary at All judging is done online; you will receive access to the online submission site to review the entries.

Get a team
Each category is reviewed by teams of 2-4 individuals. If you have colleagues you would like to work with (they don’t have to sit in the same office or even be in the same state), encourage them to join your team. 

No prior experience necessary! All judges will be offered the opportunity to learn how to use the online judging tool. It’s easy and efficient, so if you can’t attend the webinar, we will ask that you go through the online forms to familiarize yourself with them before you get the nominations. Once you've completed this easy training, you can start assessing each submission in your category!

Judging Timeline
March 6 through March 22; the amount of time required varies due to number of entries in each category. We will do our best to not overwhelm you!

View a list of all of the BP&GS categories available to enter.


All BP&GS winners will be recognized at a special awards ceremony during the 
NAGC 2020 Communications School on May 19-21, 2020, in Louisville, KY. At this time, we will also recognize the contributions of our judges.

And congratulations to all of our
 2019 award recipients!

If you have questions, comments, or to find out more about becoming a judge for the 2020 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Competition, please contact Jonelle Hilleary at