Municipal Public Information Contest
Call for Entries
The Municipal Public Information Contest is now accepting entries for the 2017 competition.
A municipality may submit one entry packet per annual contest featuring materials produced between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.
Typical entries include newsletters, websites, social media pages, e-newsletters, e-bulletins, brochures, annual reports, cable/local access programs, community bulletin boards, and special/innovative programs that promote the use of successful and innovative techniques to increase government’s ability to meet citizen needs and improve access to government services.
Entries will be evaluated on the clarity, quality and completeness of the information provided. Plaques will be awarded for first place entries in the following categories:
- Best In class Total public information program.
- Best Print Media Examples include annual reports, newsletters and special bulletins.
- Best digital Media Examples include applications that provide service or information to citizens, such as licensing, tax collections, permits, emergency preparedness, public health, disaster resources, business and home safety and environmental services. Official municipal pages on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ or Instagram, cable television programs, community bulletin boards, and special announcements. Video must be accessible online, such as through the municipal website or YouTube.
- Best Special/Innovative Media Examples include access to information by people with disabilities or who use English as a second language, interactive telecommunications systems, or electronic libraries.
Each award is open to municipalities several groupings: Class A: Under 5,000 (approximately 190 municipalities); Class B: 5,000-20,000 (250 municipalities); and Class C: Over 20,000 (130 municipalities
All entries must be received by Friday, September 15, 2017. Contest winners will be informed in late October and awards will be presented on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the 102st Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference’s League Luncheon, in Atlantic City. NJLM will notify local media. The information will also be posted in the “Downloads” box on this webpage. Award plaques will be shipped to contest winners who cannot attend the Luncheon.
For submission information and entry forms, visit http://cgs.rutgers.edu/mpic
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