Award
Deadline: June 15, 2018
Cost: $25.00 per entry

Communicator of the Year
MSPRA’s Communicator of the Year Award is the top competition in Mississippi recognizing an outstanding professional in the field of school public relations. Applicants may come from public and private schools; vocational-technical schools up to the 12th grade; two-year community colleges; state/national education groups; and any public relations agency or private business serving such schools and colleges.
They will be recognized and presented with the Communicator of the Year award at the MSPRA Awards banquet on July 11, 2018 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.

        Guidelines
·         Presentation must be submitted electronically or in a binder (see details under rules).
·         Read the rules carefully. If you fail to follow the rules, judges will subtract points in judging your entry.
·         Your entry will be judged on the overall quality of work, recommendations and answers to essay questions. Judges are experienced public relations professionals.

Rules
·         The 2018 Communicator of the Year award will be given based on work done between May 2017 and May 2018.
·         Your entry must be submitted electronically or in a three-ring, hard cover, stiff spine binder to accommodate 8 ½ “x 11” material no more than 3” thick. Put nothing on the cover. Place entry inside binder.
·         The materials of the entry should include some or all of the following:
-          Communications projects or program he/she has managed to solve a problem or supported the goals of the organization.
-          Examples of his/her work
-          Professional development/involvement is MSPRA and other professional organizations
-          Two letters of reference
-          Applicant’s (or applicant’s district’s) worst day in public relations and how they weathered the storm
-          Why/how school districts with good PR have a distinct advantage
-          The most significant contribution the applicant has made in his/her district
·         Carefully select materials in your presentation, using materials that illustrate major components of the entry: news releases, brochures, clippings, etc. Do not include 3-dimensional objects. Photos will be sufficient.  
 
Communicator of the Year
Guidelines
To be eligible for receipt of the Communicator of the Year Award, you must:
·         Be a member of a communications staff (or designate responsibilities for communications initiatives);
·         Be a member of MSPRA;
·         Be the recipient of any level award in a MSPRA annual communications contest;
·         Demonstrate outstanding work in the field of school communications;
·         Demonstrate a willingness to grow professionally; and
·         Demonstrate a dedication to school public relations issues.
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Please attach the following separately:
1. Communications projects or program that he/she managed that has solved a problem or supported goals of organization.
2. Examples of his/her work.
3. Professional development/involvement in MSPRA and other professional organizations.
4. Two (2) letters of reference.
5. Applicant's or applicant's district's best day in public relations.
6. Applicant's or applicant's district's worst day in public relations.
7. Why/how schools/districts with good PR have a distinct advantage.
8. What is the most significant contribution the applicant has made in his/her district?


 

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* 1. Contact Information of Person Submitting Entry

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* 2. Title

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* 3. APR? 

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* 4. Experience in both PR and education PR

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* 5. Other awards received for work

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* 6. How are you submitting this entry?

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* 7. Entry digital file if applicable.

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