Kudos to the winners of Ragan’s Employee Communications Awards

More than 350 entries made this year’s awards bigger and better than ever (and kept our judges on their toes).


Employee communications can seem a thankless job, with long hours of meticulous yet creative work, but little official recognition.

That’s why we’re delighted to cast our spotlight on the best of the best in announcing the winners of Ragan’s 2011 Employee Communications Awards.

We received hundreds of terrific entries in dozens of categories for online and print publications and other corners of the communications universe; the entries ran the gamut from heartfelt CEO letters to magazine issues done in 3-D. (The quality and quantity of the submissions have raised the bar for future years, so keep that in mind as you work your day-to-day magic; next year’s awards will sneak up on us before you know it.)

The current winners and honorable mentions will be featured in a special edition of Ragan.com in late March. In it, we’ll offer summaries of why the top winners garnered our esteem.

We extend special congratulations to our top finishers and honorable mentions, as well as our profound admiration for all the dedicated communications professionals whose exemplary work made our judges’ task exceedingly difficult.

Thank you to all our entrants for your participation, and for being part of the Ragan community.

Annual Reports

Best Annual Report
Winner: Giant Eagle Inc.
Honorable Mention: Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
Honorable Mention: NYU Langone Medical Center

Best Employee Annual Report
Winner: Rightpoint
Honorable Mention: Factset Research Systems, Inc.
Honorable Mention: Children’s Hospital Colorado

Print Publications or Electronic Publications

Best Article Series (Electronic Publication)
Winner: Kaiser Permanente — “Leader in Focus: Procurement & Supply Leadership Team”
Honorable Mention: NYU Langone Medical Center — NYULMC2, “The History of AIDS at Langone Medical Center in the l980s”
Honorable Mention: Ohio University — Compass, “Appalachia Rising”
Honorable Mention: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — CDC Connects, “The Filming of the Movie ‘Contagion’ at CDC Headquarters”

Best Design (Electronic Publication)
Winner: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences — Still Magazine
Honorable Mention: UC Irvine Healthcare — Discover UC Irvine Healthcare
Honorable Mention: NYU Langone Medical Center — NYULMC2
Honorable Mention: Jones Lang LaSalle — This Week at Jones Lang LaSalle

Best Employee Magazine (Electronic Publication)
Winner: Premiere Global Services, Inc. — The PGi Times
Honorable Mention: U. S. Department of Labor — Frances

Best Employee Newsletter (Electronic Publication)
Winner: Duke University — Duke Today Working@Duke
Honorable Mention: UC Irvine Healthcare — Discover UC Irvine Healthcare
Honorable Mention: NYU Langone Medical Center — NYULMC2

Best Executive Letter (Electronic Publication)
Winner: Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
Honorable Mention: NYU Langone Medical Center

Best Feature Article (Electronic Publication)
Winner: UC Irvine Healthcare — “Counting her blessings”
Honorable Mention: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — “Cyber Security, CDC’s Other Virus Hunters”
Honorable Mention: American Airlines — “Parading the Dream of Diversity”
Honorable Mention: Premier Global Services, Inc. — “Japan Speaks Out About Historic Earthquake”
Honorable Mention: Northwestern Mutual — “10 years later: Remembering 9/11” and “A lasting legacy”

Best HR Publication (Electronic Publication)
Winner: American Fidelity Assurance Company — eSmarts
Honorable Mention: Jones Lang LaSalle — People Connection

Best Interview Profile (Electronic Publication)
Winner: General Electric (GE) — “Seth Stump Video”

Best Short News Article (Electronic Publication)
Winner: NYU Langone Medical Center — NYULMC2, “Digging Up the Past. Literally.”
Honorable Mention: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions — “Fast action by Allscripts team member helps save boy from river”

Most Improved Publication Design (Electronic Publication)
Winner: American Culinary Federation — Sizzle
Honorable Mention: Tennessee Valley Authority — InsideTVA
Honorable Mention: Children’s Hospital Colorado — Children’s Post

Best Articles Series (Print Publication)
Winner: Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) — Flash, “Commitment to Nuclear Power”
Honorable Mention: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation — The Sikorsky Source, “Global Clean-Up Day”
Honorable Mention: Consolidated Edison Company of New York — Con Edison Times, “Following in the Footsteps of Thomas Edison”
Honorable Mention: Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) — Flash, “Branching out”

Best Design (Print Publication)
Winner: Enbridge, Inc. — Link
Honorable Mention: FM Global — Globalink
Honorable Mention: A T Still University of Health Sciences — Student Recruitment Series

Best Employee Magazine (Print Publication)
Winner: Enbridge — Link
Honorable Mention: FM Global and Affiliate Companies — Globalink
Honorable Mention: Avnet Global — Perspective
Honorable Mention: Constellation Brands, Inc. — Behind The Label
Honorable Mention: Northwestern Mutual — Columns
Honorable Mention: Omaha Public Power District — Flash
Honorable Mention: DaVita, Inc. — DaVita Magazine
Honorable Mention: Kohler Co. — People
Honorable Mention: MD Anderson Cancer Center — Messenger
Honorable Mention: The MITRE Corporation — MITRE Matters

Best Employee Newsletter (Print Publication)
Winner: Duke University — Working@duke
Honorable Mention: Champion Technologies — OneWorld
Honorable Mention: Georgia Power — The Citizen
Honorable Mention: National Institute of Standards and Technology — NIST Connections
Honorable Mention: SkyWest Airlines — SkyWest In Print

Best Executive Letter (Print Publication)
Winner: Huntington Bank
Honorable Mention: Western Connecticut Health Network

Best Feature Article (Print Publication)
Winner: Southwest Airline Pilots’ Association — “Full Rotation”
Honorable Mention: Avnet, Inc. — “Times Are Changing”
Honorable Mention: Franciscan Alliance — Regional Rounds, “Miracle on Main Street”
Honorable Mention: Georgia Power — The Citizen, “Making it Personal”
Honorable Mention: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (NE District) — “District team reaches around the world to assist in African dam rehabilitation”

Best HR Publication (Print Publication)
Winner: Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association — Not your typical Flyer
Honorable Mention: International Paper — Infinite Possibilities

Best Interview/Profile (Print Publication)
Winner: Emirates — “A Day in the Life of…”

Best Long Feature Article (Print Publication)
Winner: Champion Technologies — “One Crisis. One Champion.”
Honorable Mention: Emirates — “Celebrating three years of flying the Airbus A380”
Honorable Mention: Cash American International — “Bringing Honor”
Honorable Mention: Rockwell Collins — “Refueling innovation”
Honorable Mention: NW Natural — “Blue wants you to be cozy and comfortable”
Honorable Mention: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation — “Sikorsky SEAHAWK® Helicopters at HEART of JAPAN RESCUES The Story of Operation TOMODACHI”

Best Short News Article (Print Publication)
Winner: National Penn Bancshares, Inc. — National Penn Update, “Amish Farmer Whittles Down List of Banks: Chooses HomeTowne Heritage”

Most Improved Publication Design (Print Publication)
Winner: Tetra Tech, Inc. — TetraVision
Honorable Mention: Rockwell Collins, Horizons
Honorable Mention: Duke University, Duke Today Working@Duke
Honorable Mention: Pernod Ricard/Infopress Group, Horizontes

Best Photography (Print or Electronic Publication)
Winner: FM Global — Globalink
Honorable Mention: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation — Commericial Links

Best Cover Lines (Print or Electronic Publication)
Winner: U.S. Department of Labor — Frances, “Awesome! DOL interns tell all!”
Honorable Mention: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation — Source, “Going … going …. GREEN!”
Honorable Mention: NYU Langone Medical Center — NYULMC2, “Going Up: New Elevator Tower Soon to Begin Rising”

Intranets

Best Design (Intranet)
Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island — Inside Blue
Honorable Mention: U.S. Department of Treasury — theGreen Enterprise Intranet
Honorable Mention: The Clara Abbott Foundation — The Clara Abbott Foundation

Best Headlines and Blurbs (Intranet)
Winner: NSW Department of Education and Communities — Side by Side
Honorable Mention: Yahoo! — Backyard

Best Interview/Profile (Intranet)
Winner: Georgia Power — “Retiring Mickey Brown leaves legacy behind”
Honorable Mention: Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center — BIDMC Today, “Unsung Heroes”

Best Social Intranet (Intranet)
Winner: Quintiles — iQ
Honorable Mention: Johns Hopkins Medicine — Inside Hopkins Medicine
Honorable Mention: Domino’s Pizza, Inc. — Domino’s LIVE

Best Value to Employees (Intranet)
Winner: Waggener Edstrom Worldwide — WE Inranet
Honorable Mention: ESPN.com — HR Connection
Honorable Mention: inVentiv Health — inFuse
Honorable Mention: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island — Inside Blue
Honorable Mention: Pedernales Elective Cooperative — Power of Community

Traditional Media

Best Interview Video
Winner: Waggener Edstrom Worldwide — “Blue Sky Thinking”
Honorable Mention: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — “Behind the Badge”

Best News Story Video
Winner: UC Irvine Healthcare — “Angie Tran-Bloom”
Honorable Mention: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — “BIDMC Interpreters Lead Medical Mission to Africa”
Honorable Mention: Aurora Health Care — “Access Aurora”
Honorable Mention: Province of British Columbia — “Aboriginal Relations Resource Centre (ARRC)”

Best Podcast
Winner: Penn State University — “The U Report”
Honorable Mention: TriNet Group — The Headliner

Social Media

Best Executive Blog
Winner: General Electric
Honorable Mention: Aurora Healthcare

Best Facebook Page
Winner: Children’s Hospital Colorado
Honorable mention: Springfield Clinic

Best Mobile App
Winner: FLIRT Communications — CDW Partner Summit app
Honorable Mention: INTEL GoMyBen

Best Social Media Customer Relations Program
Winner: NSW Department of Education and Communities

Best Use of Twitter
Winner: Aurora Health Care

Best Community Building — Blog
Winner: Province of British Columbia
Honorable mention: The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Best Community Building — Facebook
Winner: Corrections Corporation of America
Honorable mention: Esurance Inc.

Best Community Building — Intranet
Winner: SAS
Honorable mention: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Honorable mention: INTEL

Best Community Building — Video
Winner: Mayo Clinic
Honorable mention: Home Instead Senior Care
Honorable mention: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Speechwriting

Best External Speech
Winner: Enbridge, Inc. — Patrick D. Daniel, CEO, “Canada’s Role as a Leader in the World’s Energy Market”

Best Internal Speech
Winner: NYU Langone Medical Center — CEO and Dean Robert Grossman and other senior executives, “Employee milestones of 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service”

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