For the second year in a row, our CEO was asked to be a judge for the CommsCon Awards held in Sydney. Sadly client commitments prevented our crew from attending the ceremony but we did follow via Twitter with much interest as couture-clad SBS newscaster Lee Lin Chin presented the awards.
Now in its third year, the CommsCon Awards have an increased emphasis on celebrating the role of in-house public relations teams with the first-ever, best in-house PR team of the year.
The CommsCon Awards also highlighted the growing importance of using owned media assets as part of a comprehensive media strategy with a new award recognising excellence by PR professionals in the best use of owned media – the winner being General Pants – Bashful.
PR agency Edelman came out on top, deservedly so, taking home three trophies including Large PR agency of the Year. Well done to our communications colleague Clever Media Girl and the rest of the Edelman team!
The awards, decided by a jury of 48 people including the c word’s very own CEO Jack Walden, demonstrated the strength of communications in Australia. We can’t wait to see what the rest of 2015 has to offer.
Now to one of our favourite events in the calendar: The Quills hosted by the Melbourne Press Club. The Quills recognise excellence in journalism across all disciplines: print, digital, TV and radio … pretend we read that to you in our very best newsreader voice!
As Plato said, ‘Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something’. Journalists (well most of them) play a vital role in helping people sift between the wise and the fools. They investigate and report on events, issues and trends to a broad audience for a wide variety of purposes, and awards such as the Quills are critical to recognising the important role they play.
The breadth of the awards (with more than 28 categories) demonstrates the many roles that journalists have to play as watchdogs, investigators, moderators, entertainers, analysts, informers, editors, commentators, advertisers, community activists, agenda-setters, voices for the voiceless, public servants, keepers of public record, protectors of democracy, and promoters of public dialogue.
Cheers and congratulations to all of the journalists recognised last Friday and the communicators praised in Sydney by Lee Lin Chin.
As we end the week, C truly equals content, creativity and courage.
Cheers, Jack & the c word crew