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Posted on: April 10, 2017

City of Jacksonville receives four Excellence in Communications Awards

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Charlotte, NC – The City of Jacksonville was among 22 North Carolina local governments to earn recognition in the Tenth North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards. The city won four awards.

The awards were presented Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the NC3C’s annual Spring Conference in Charlotte during which the organization celebrated 10 years of existence. More than 133 entries were received.

"Our organization is full of city and county government communicators who are excellent at what they do. They are innovative, creative, passionate, and dedicated, and that shows in their work," said NC3C President Glenn Hargett. "It was an honor to preside over the program, viewing these exciting demonstrations of work to communicate the stories of the jurisdictions they serve."

Categories included TV & Videos, Communication Technology, Special Events, Printed Publications, Most Creative Project for the Least Amount of Funds, Citizen Participation, and Marketing Tools.

The City of Jacksonville received a first place award for the Citizen Calendar in the category of Printed Publications. The novel use of a post card collection to tell the history of the city was praised by the judges. "We really enjoyed the design and the throwback to your community's history with the old postcards," said the judges.

The city won three second place awards: One for the Hero Mile project designed to bring awareness of lost Marines in battle during the Marine Corps Half Marathon and Remembrance runs. The special tribute was designed to promote Jacksonville as a community that honors sacrifices made by our military. Comments made by the runners in an evaluation of the race were overwhelmingly positive. From the judges: "It was great to see how they engaged and appreciated the Hero Mile as well. It was a creative idea executed in a truly meaningful way."

Another second place award was given for the video production of the Montford Point Memorial Dedication in July 2016. Judges praised the video for the high production values, illustrative annotations and the use of high shots to give the scope of the project.

The fourth award was a second place award for reaching citizens using the Facebook Live option to broadcast meetings of the City Council. The city began using Facebook Live during 2016 in addition to a live streaming service and broadcasting the meetings on the government channel G10 TV. The judges commented that it was a great use of technology to reach and engage residents in city council meetings.

Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were government communication professionals from Kansas, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Maryland and Oregon. Each judge has previously won state or national awards.

The purpose of North Carolina City & County Communicators is to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March 2007 and is made up of government professional communicators from around the state. For more information about NC3C, visit the website, www.nc3c.com.
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