Municipal Public Information Contest

Purpose

Initiatives to increase the public’s awareness of government operations, strengthen community ties and provide useful information and services to citizens deserve to be highlighted. The purpose of this contest is to promote the use of successful and innovative techniques that increase government’s ability to meet citizen needs and improve access to government services.

The contest sponsors hope this will create interest and provide incentive for municipalities to develop or enhance their public information programs in order to be able to offer more innovative, responsive and personalized services to citizens.

Judging Categories

Entries will be evaluated, according to class (see below), on the clarity, quality and completeness of the information provided. Plaques will be awarded for first place entries in the following categories:

  • Class A: Under 5,000 (approximately 190 municipalities)
  • Class B: 5,000-20,000 (250 municipalities)
  • Class C: Over 20,000 (130 municipalities

 

Best In class

Total public information program.

Best Print Media

Examples include annual reports, newsletters and special bulletins.

Best digital Media

Examples include applications that provide service or information to citizens, such as licensing, tax collections, permits, emergency preparedness, public health, disaster resources, business and home safety and environmental services. Official municipal pages on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ or Instagram, cable television programs, community bulletin boards, and special announcements. Video must be accessible online, such as through the municipal website or YouTube.

Best Special/Innovative Media

Examples include access to information by people with disabilities or who use English as a second language, interactive telecommunications systems, or electronic libraries.

 

Standards of Judging

Eligible entries will be judged on the basis of the following four categories. Each area will be evaluated equally.

  • Content – Is the information comprehensive?
  • Clarity – Is the entry clear and well presented?
  • Adaptability – Does the entry lend itself to further use and adoption by other municipalities?
  • Appearance – Is the entry user-friendly?
 

Eligibility

A municipality may only submit one entry packet per annual contest. The entry materials must have been produced between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.

 

Entry Packet

The entry packet must consist of six (6) identical and collated sets of materials to facilitate judging. Individual sets should include a copy of the completed entry form and each media technique submitted for consideration. (Please do not send photocopies of media.) Entries that fail to meet these requirements will be automatically disqualified.

Typical entries include:

  • Newsletter series
  • Websites, social media pages, e-newsletters, e-bulletins (please submit the web address and printed copies of the home page only; printed color copies, if available, are acceptable)
  • Brochures, annual reports
  • Cable/local access programs, community bulletin boards
  • Special/innovative programs

 

How to Enter

Send an entry packet including entry form to:

Municipal Public Information Contest
Rutgers Center for Government Services
303 George Street, Suite 604
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2020

 

Entry Deadline

All entries must be received by Friday, September 15, 2017.

 

Notification

Contest Contest winners will be informed in late October and awards will be presented on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the 102st Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference, League Luncheon, in Atlantic City. NJLM will notify local media. The information will also be posted in the "Downloads" box on this webpage. Award plaques will be shipped to contest winners who cannot attend the Luncheon.

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Downloads

  • 2016 Brochure:

       

  • 2016 Entry Form (Fillable PDF)

        

  • 2015 Brochure:

Download brochure

  • 2015 Entry Form (Fillable PDF)


Contact Information

Thomas Kenny
Program Coordinator II
732-932-3640, ext. 636
E-mail