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You Have Until October 31 to Enter PSATS’ Citizen Communication Contest

Wednesday August 16th, 2017
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’ 50th Annual Township Citizen Communication Contest. Eligible publications or other forms of communication must have been produced between November 1, 2016, and October 30, 2017. Entries must be received by October 31.
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 27th 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.)
     • Other publications, including annual reports, brochures, and calendars of events
     • Cable TV channels/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.)
     • Audiovisual communication, such as video messages/alerts, pod- or webcasts, video blogs, township meeting highlights, and other recordings posted on the township website, YouTube, or social media
Judging: Entries in the printed newsletter category will be judged according to the following population ranges:
     • 2,000 and under
     • 2,001-5,000
     • 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: Awards will be mailed to winners by March, and the Association will publish an article in the Township News about the winning entries and send news releases to the winners’ local media.
How to enter: 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/programs, send three DVDs of each entry. Please note: Each township is limited to three entries in this category.
• For audiovisial communications, send three DVDs of each entry or a description and a link to where they may be viewed online. 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 publications that contain a map of the township and business advertisements and are produced by outside firms are not eligible.
For complete details and guidelines, click here.