Each year, members honor statewide achievement through four competitions: the NDPC Communications Awards, the NDPC College Communications Contest, North Dakota’s Communicator of Achievement Award and the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest (membership open to men and women).
Getting judged by colleagues who have a keen understanding of the fields of journalism, communications and public relations is a satisfying professional development experience that is one of the chief benefits of being an NDPC member.
This year, at the state level competition in May, 25 members of NDPC earned 103 awards in print media, photography, advertising, writing for and development of the web, promotion, public relations, marketing, speeches and books. The college competition attracted more than 60 college students and teams from five North Dakota and Minnesota colleges — resulting in a total of 62 awards being presented to aspiring future communicators across 26 categories.
Karena Carlson was named North Dakota’s 2015 Communicator of Achievement, a benchmark in a successful career that has included newspaper reporting, broadcast journalism and her current role as communications manager for the City of Fargo.
Carlson also was recognized as North Dakota’s winner at the 2015 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest in Anchorage, AK, last month. All first-place winners from North Dakota’s Spring 2015 Communications Awards were entered in NFPW’s national contest, with 17 members of the NDPC delegation earning 27 national awards.
If you would like the benefit of your colleagues’ perspectives on your own projects, consider becoming a member of NDPC. Membership information is available on this website.
Lisa Richmond is 2015-16 president of the board of NDPC. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.