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We want to hear about your storytelling efforts, tactics for building mutually beneficial relationships with reporters, strategies for protecting your organization’s or client’s reputation and more.
Ragan’s Media Relations Awards will showcase your innovative strategies for securing media coverage, your ability to remain calm during a crisis, your knack for crafting engaging stories and more. This is the premiere program for recognizing the best media relations campaigns, events and initiatives from the past year.
Earn recognition for your successful work that positioned your organization or client in a positive light and delivered compelling messaging. If you’ve been a part of campaigns and initiatives that led to success for your organization or client, we want to hear about it.
Enter Ragan’s Media Relations Awards to earn recognition for your work from the past year!
Ragan will honor all finalists—and announce category winners—in November 2022 at a special awards luncheon. Winners will also receive editorial recognition on the Ragan networks, an awards trophy and profile and a marketing tool kit to help you promote you and your team’s accomplishments.
Entries are due by April 22, 2022. There is a late deadline on April 29, 2022, but additional late fees apply to all entries received after April 22.
Media Relations Campaign of the Year: Over $50,000
Media Relations Campaign of the Year: Under $50,000
Media Relations Campaign of the Year: Under $10,000
Media Relations Innovator of the Year
Media Relations Professional of the Year
Brand Messaging or Positioning Campaign
Cause Marketing Campaign
Community Relations Campaign
Covid-19 Communications Campaign
Crisis or Reputation Management Campaign
Data-Driven Media Relations Campaign
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative
Global Media Relations Campaign
Governmental or Public Affairs Media Relations Campaign
Integrated Marketing Communications Campaign
Social Media Campaign
Thought Leadership Campaign
New Product or Service Launch
Press Event or Media Tour
Stunt or Special Event
MEDIA RELATIONS STRATEGY
Content Marketing and Brand Journalism
Exclusive Content Strategy
Innovation in Media Relations
Media Relations Video
Traditional and New Media Integration
Use of a Celebrity or Personality
Use of Measurement
HOW TO ENTER
Take a moment to complete the entry form:
- On the online entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. Tell us in 300-1,000 words why your work is deserving of recognition. When applicable, include the following sub-headings:
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
- Go here to complete the online entry form.
You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission and/or anything else you feel will give the judges a better sense of your work. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.
These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Vendors may also submit their work or their client’s work. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your clients.
Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.
Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can call 312-960-4407 or email email@example.com.
This year’s program is open to any work executed between March 1, 2021, and April 1, 2022, inclusive.
The fee for this program is $425 per entry into standard categories. The entry fee into one of the Grand Prize categories is $475 per entry.
A late fee of $199 per entry will be added to all entries after 11:59 p.m. Central time, April 22, 2022.
Do you have a project or team you'd like to enter into multiple categories? Pay the original entry fee, and then only $199 for each additional category!
All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you apply?Our awards program helps you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization or clients. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about your success, an elegant trophy and more.
Who can enter?Global organizations are welcomed—this awards program recognizes organizations and teams, worldwide, as long as the entry is submitted in English. These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.
What does it take to be a winner?We are looking for top-quality campaigns, projects, content, people and teams that show clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit their business or client. Please provide metrics and results that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as photos, videos, URLs, documents or testimonials of your work. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same work into multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning.
What are the entry requirements?Tell us in 300-1,000 words about your work in the previous 12 months. See the How To Enter section for further information. You may also include supporting materials you believe will help our judges evaluate your entry.
Why are some deadlines extended?We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?We try to announce a list of finalists eight weeks after the close of the program. Winners will then be announced at a special Awards Luncheon in November. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.
If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email email@example.com.