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2018 Awards Deadlines & Forms

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Chapter News, Slider Feature | 0 comments

Submit Your Best Work

Earn the Acknowledgement Your Team Deserves


It’s that time of year again; we’re calling on you to give us your best from last year’s work. The Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is holding its annual Thoroughbred Awards competition. Start thinking about the work you have done and what you would like to submit.

New Changes

  • All entries MUST be submitted electronically
  • Students can enter
  • Send final submissions containing all materials via email to
  • Submissions can sent in the following formats:
    • a complete DropBox folder link
    • a PDF
    • Word Document. 

You will receive an acknowledgment of each email within 24 hours. If you don’t receive a response, follow up.

Additional Details

Each submission shall include an entry form and supporting materials. There are 16 categories. You can enter as many categories as you’d like.

Please note in the subject line of the emails PRSA Thoroughbred Award Entry and state the category name and number in the body of the text. 

***The deadline for submission is by 5 p.m. on March 12, 2018***

The Awards Presentation will be held on April 17th. More details on the awards luncheon will be forthcoming.

 Click to View Entry Form:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Communicator of the Year Award

Campaigns Entry Form

Happy organizing and we wish everyone good luck.

Call for Judges

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Chapter News, Member News | 0 comments

A Call for Judges

It’s time to judge a sister chapter’s awards entries

It’s time for our chapter members to step up & judge contest entries from the Central Iowa chapter. They have submitted 43 entries for us to judge. You can see the breakdown of how many entries were submitted in the text below, as well as the procedure for judging. Everything is being judged electronically… thru Dropbox, like last year…  it hopefully will be less of a hassle than last year.  But the virtue of judging electronically is that you can do it whenever you have the time. I’d like it to be sooner rather than later because we need to get the results to the Iowa folks by September.

Take a look at the entries & decide which one or ones you would like to do. You need to judge all the entries in a specific category, i.e:  all four entries in the technical writing category or all five entries in the magazine category. Remember each entry needs to be judged twice so once you finish with one category as a first round judge, you likely will be called on to do a second round of other entries.

Please respond to Cliff Feltham ( and Katie McDaniel ( and let us know that you are willing to judge & tell us which categories you are judging.

Here’s the details for their contest & how you access the judging forms…


  1. Internal Communications (1 entry)
  2. Annual Reports (3 entries)
  3. Newsletters (2 entries)
  4. Magazines (5 entries)
  5. Feature Writing (2 entries)
  6. Technical Writing (4 entries)
  7. Speech Writing (0 entries)
  8. Media Relations Program (2 entries)
  9. Community Champion (2 entries)
  10. Special Event (4 entries)
  11. Crisis/Issues Management (1 entry)
  12. Integrated Communications (7 entries)
  13. Multimedia (1 entry)
  14. Websites (3 entries)
  15. Social Media (4 entries)
  16. Student (2 entries)

All of the entry submissions are organized by category in the PRIME Awards Dropbox Folder.

Here is the link to the Dropbox folder:

Please note, there was some confusion with some of the submissions regarding the format for the award summary for double space vs. single spaced. Because of this, I’m asking you to avoid placing judgment on the length/formatting of the summary, and instead focus on the content in the summary and how it explains the planning, execution and evaluation of the project.

Remember, each entry must be reviewed by at least two judges. If scores differ by more than 15 points, please have a third judge review as well to determine an average score.

As judges complete the scoring form the scores will automatically be entered into an Excel Google Doc. This spreadsheet can be used to tally scores and determine award winners. In column X of this form, please indicate if the award entry should receive a PRIME award, Merit award or no award. After judging is complete, please also assign a Best of Show award to one of the winners of a PRIME award.


PRIME Awards Judging/Scoring Sheet:


PRIME Awards Evaluation Spreadsheet:

Judges Needed

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Chapter News, Member News, Slider Feature | 0 comments

It’s Time to Judge a Sister Chapter’s Awards Entries

We had our colleagues in the South Arizona chapter judge our entries this spring for our awards ceremony. It’s now time to return the favor.

The entry deadline for the Central Iowa chapter in Des Moines has just passed & judges from our chapter need to assess their entries. The judging will be online again this year… like last year, everything will be on/in Dropbox. Each entry will need to be judged twice with one of those being an APR, if possible. We are expecting somewhere between 20 & 25 entries but we won’t know that until we get the official word from the Central Iowa folks.

Please volunteer to assist. Contact Cliff Feltham by email (it’s new since he has retired from KU)… … and/or Katie McDaniel at… and let them know you’re in.

We will give you information about how to access the material in Dropbox & how to access the judging forms. Listed below is award information from Central Iowa including each of the entry categories.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this.
PRIME Awards Evaluation Instructions

Join Now

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Chapter News, Member News, Slider Feature | 0 comments

Have you been thinking about joining PRSA?  Well, now is a great time to do it! From March 1 through 31, new PRSA members will receive a FREE one-year Chapter membership (up to $100) when they join National as a regular member ($255 annual dues + $65 initiation fee).

PRSA National will reimburse Chapters for your local dues.

The Promotion Code is SPRING17.


This promotion is not valid for current members, renewing members or associate members.

Click here for details.

This is the only Free Chapter Promotion offered until the Triple Play later this fall.

2017 Awards Program Deadlines & Forms

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Chapter News, Member News | 0 comments

The Thoroughbred Chapter began an annual awards program in 2002 to honor the outstanding efforts of its members. The award program recognizes exceptional work in many various categories such as media relations, newsletters, magazines, annual reports, brochures, websites, social media, etc.

There are three major award classifications…

  • The public relations Thoroughbred professional awards… for individuals, companies, agencies and non-profits.
  • The Communicator of the Year award… presented to a person who is not a public relations professional who did a great job of communicating his or her passion in 2016.
  • The Lifetime Achievement award… presented to a member of the Thoroughbred chapter of PRSA who has a demonstrated commitment to excellence over a long period of time.  This award is not necessarily presented every year.

Here are the 2017 awards milestone dates.

  • Thoroughbred awards contest entry deadline…  Monday, March 6, 2017
  • Communicator of the Year and Lifetime Achievement nominations deadline… Monday, March 6, 2017
  • Annual Awards Luncheon…  Tuesday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m. at a location to be determined in the next couple of weeks.

Important Contest Information:

For questions regarding our awards program, email Cliff Feltham at

Here’s the list of recent past Communicator of the Year recipients…

  • 2016 -  Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank
  • 2015 -  Governor Steve Beshear
  • 2014 -  Ben and Rebecca Self of West Sixth and Foodchain
  • 2013   -  Dr. Doug Whitlock, President of Eastern Kentucky University
  • 2012   -  Matthew Mitchell, Coach of UK Women’s Basketball team
  • 2011   -  Stu Silberman, Superintendent of Fayette County Schools
  • 2010   -  Crit Luallen, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts
  • 2009   -  Kathy Gannoe, former executive Director of the Nursing Home Ombudsman agency
  • 2008 -  Dr. Pearce Lyons, Alltech
  • 2007 -  Nick Rowe, President, Kentucky American Water Company
  • 2006 -  Dr. George Zack, Music Director/Conductor, Lexington Philharmonic
  • 2005 -  Sylvia Lovely, executive director/CEO, Kentucky League of Cities
  • 2004 -  Joseph Lambert, Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court
  • 2003 -  Jennifer Mynear, Jarrett’s Joy Cart
  • 2002 -  Dr. Lee Todd, President, University of Kentucky
  • 2001 -  John Lindgren (posthumously), Local TV News Anchor
  • 2000 -  Alan Stein, President, Lexington Legends

Our Lifetime Achievement Award (Hall of Fame) winners include:

  • Faith Miller Cole 2005
  • Thomas Preston, APR 2005
  • Phyllis Liebman, APR 2006
  • Phil Osborne 2009
  • Nancy Wiser, APR 2010
  • Tom Harris, APR 2016