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You know you’ve rocked it with your best work ever, and now you’re ready for the next steps: winning a prestigious SEACOMM Communications Award and strutting your stuff at the Awards Banquet in June.
SEACOMM Awards Program
The State Education Association Communicators (SEAComm) Awards Program is a national competition for communications professionals involved in the conception, writing, design, production, and implementation of print, visual, audio, web, programs, and campaigns for state affiliates of the National Education Association. Recognizing the diversity among NEA state affiliates, especially in their size and resources, the SEAComm Awards honor the professionalism of members in the areas of communications management and skills.
All members of State Education Association Communicators, (except NEA staff and retired staff, per SEAComm bylaws), who have paid dues by April 13, may enter their work in the 2018 Awards Program. NEA staff are eligible to submit an entry, in conjunction with a state affiliate, for the NEA-State Collaboration Award in the Communications Management division.
A current or former SEAComm member must have had major responsibility for the entry submitted. The assistance of other organizations, agencies, individuals, or departments in the project must be noted.
Entries must have been published between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018.
If you have any questions, contact David Wright, SEACOMM Member-at-Large, at 302-393-1632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions are judged by professionals in the areas of editing, photography, social media, graphic design, news media, and public relations. Judges base their decisions on learned perceptions of professional and creative excellence.
A “First Place” award will be given in each category. An “Honorable Mention” may also be awarded in a category, at the judges’ discretion. Entries whose adjudicated score surpasses the established threshold in their category may also be considered for the “Best in Show.” “Best in Show” will only be awarded for a single entry across a specific group of categories and not within every category entered (e.g. There is a “Best in Show - Writing”; “Best in Show - Campaigns”).
Submitting Your Entries
Entries must be submitted online [at WEBSITE] by 5 p.m. April 13. SEAComm’s online submission site will allow you attach all necessary files required by the respective category being entered. The award program has three groupings: Group 1 includes states with memberships of 20,000 or fewer; Group 2 includes states with membership of 20,001 to 55,000 members and Group 3 includes states with membership of 55,001 or more.
Each SEAComm member can submit one entry per category, except in the categories of State Affiliate Newsletter/ Newspaper and Magazine, for which only one entry per state may be submitted.
For the Skills Division: All entries must be original work. Original means that the piece has been written, ghost written, or created by a SEACOMM member—not purchased or hired. Entries in the Best Video category must adhere to the provided criteria and provide a detailed narrative. Judges may recategorize a Best Video entry if they feel it does not meet the criteria for the category which the member submitted it for. Please submit three different issues of the entire publication for the publications categories.
For the Management Division: A current or former SEAComm member must have had major responsibility for the project. You must note other organizations, agencies, individuals, or departments that assisted in the project.