Awards Descriptions

Nominations Now Being Accepted for APCC’s 2013 Awards

Read below to learn about APCC’s awards and how to submit nominations. Please don’t be shy about nominating yourself for one of these awards.

  1. Honor Roll of Excellence in Communication (awarded to a client)
    The Honor Roll of Excellence in Communication is awarded to a CEO, department, company, agency, or other unit of an organization for encouraging excellence in communication. To be eligible, the client must have at least five full-time employees and must offer a product or service other than communication consulting, marketing, or business or technical writing.

    To nominate a client, fill out the nomination form and provide a 1-2 page narrative addressing any of the following:

    • The organization’s top-down commitment to writing quality through training programs focused on writing.
    • Money or time allocated to employee training in writing or document design and development.
    • Sponsorship or participation in presentations, meetings, workshops or training programs.
    • Emphasis on writing excellence in performance reviews and promotion criteria.
    • Sponsorship of scholarships/awards for employees or their family members for writing excellence.
    • Supporting documentation such as course materials, before-and-after samples, testimony from relevant sources, etc.
  2. Excellence in Writing (awarded to a member) Self-nominations welcome.

    The Excellence in Writing award goes to an APCC member for outstanding writing, editing, or revision of a professional document for a client or for publication. (Two awards may be given: one for writing done for a client and another for writing done for publication.)
    To nominate a member for an original piece, fill out the nomination form and provide a copy of the original document and a 1-2 page narrative that addresses:

    • The writing process.
    • Any difficulties or challenges.
    • Solutions to problems or challenges.
    • The significance of the document, its merits, and the contribution it makes to the profession it serves.

    To nominate a member for an edited or revised piece, fill out the nomination form and provide a copy of both the original and the revision and a 1-2 page narrative addressing the points listed above.

  3. Excellence in Training (awarded to a member) Self-nominations welcome.
    The Excellence in Training award goes to an APCC member for conducting an outstanding communication training program or course.

    To nominate a member, fill out the nomination form and provide a 1-2 page narrative addressing:

    • The overall plan of the training program as well as its purpose, scope, and intended audience.
    • The merits of the program, its effectiveness, and the contribution this training makes to the profession/industry it serves.
    • Supporting documentation such as sample course materials, evaluations, pre- or post-test summaries, participant/client testimony.
  4. Excellence in Electronic Media (awarded to a member) Self-nominations welcome.
    The Excellence in Electronic Media award recognizes a superior electronic communication project characterized by outstanding writing, appealing graphics, and ease of use. Projects for clients or employers are eligible for the award and may include: a web site, social media project, or online campaign (to build awareness, promote a product, manage a crisis, etc.).

    Projects will be judged on:

    • Overall quality of writing
    • Overall integration of graphics
    • Basic usability
    • Inclusion of navigational system, including presence of search, indices, etc., as necessary
    • Use of color, font variety (size, type face) and space/design grid
    • Consistency of design
    • Efficiency of use and user control
    • Relevant support materials (e.g. nomination), and evidence of measures of success/actual success of initiative

    To nominate a member for an electronic media project, fill out the nomination form and provide a copy of the original document and a 1-2 page narrative that addresses:

    • The overall plan of the project, including its purpose, scope, and intended audience.
    • The development process, any difficulties or challenges, and solutions to problems.
    • The merits of the project, its effectiveness, and the contribution this project makes to the profession/industry it serves.
    • Supporting documentation such as evaluations, pre- or post-test summaries, participant/client testimony, or usability results.
  5. Send nominations by October 15, 2013, to:

    Dr. Lynn Hanson
    Francis Marion University
    P.O. Box 100547
    Florence, SC 29502

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