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PSATS Seeks Entries for Citizen Communication Contest

Wednesday July 31st, 2013

If your township has published a newsletter or other publication to communicate with residents in the past year, show your pride in a job well-done by entering it in PSATS’ 46th Annual Township Citizen Communication Contest. Eligible publications or other forms of communication must have been produced between August 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013.

Entries must be received by August 30.

Thirty-one awards in eight categories will be up for grabs. Winners will receive a framed certificate and coverage in the Township News. All entrants will also compete for the 23rd Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award, which will be presented at PSATS’ Annual Conference to the township that exhibits an exceptional commitment to informing its residents.

The contest honors townships for their citizen communication efforts in the following categories:

  • Newsletters
    • Most improved newsletter
    • Electronic newsletters (This category is for electronic newsletters that are produced strictly for the Web. Printed newsletters that are posted on a township’s website as a PDF are not eligible.)
  • Annual reports (Year-end budget or financial reports that include figures but no text or graphics are not eligible.)
  • Other publications, including brochures and calendars of events
  • Cable TV channels and programs (Audiotapes are not eligible.)
  • Websites
  • Social media (Judges will evaluate townships’ overall use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and other resources to communicate with their residents.)

Entries in the printed newsletter category will be judged according to the following population ranges:

  • 2,500 and under
  • 2,501-5,000
  • 5,001-10,000
  • 10,001 and over

Entries in the remaining categories will compete against one another regardless of township population.

Each entry will be judged on the usefulness of information presented, how well the information is communicated, and the entry’s attractiveness, readability, or technical quality, depending on the media being judged. First-, second-, and third-place awards will be given in all categories unless the entries fail to meet the minimum standards of the judges.

Awards will be mailed to winners in November, and the Association will publish an article in the Township News about the winning entries and send news releases to the winners’ local news media.

To enter, provide the following:

  • For newsletters and other printed publications, send three copies of each entry.
  • For websites and social media, send three printouts of the home page and the Internet address for judges to access the sites.
  • For cable TV channels and programs, send three DVDs of each entry. Please note: Each township is limited to three entries in this category.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter noting the category being entered and, for printed newsletters, the town­ship’s population.

If submitting multiple publications in one category, such as Newsletters or Other Publications, please indicate whether they should be judged as one entry or separate entries. Multiple issues of the same newsletter, such as the spring and summer issues, will be judged as a single entry.

Townships entering the Most Improved Newsletter category should state in their cover letter who was responsible for the redesign, such as staff or outside agencies, and include three copies each of “before” and “after” newsletters.

Note: Once-a-year tabloid-type newsletters that contain a map of the township and business advertisements and are produced by outside firms are not eligible.

Mail all entries to: PSATS, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA 17025, Attn.: Brenda Wilt.

Click here for complete details and guidelines.