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MDOT wins national PR award

by Sandi Beason

MDOT’s Public Affairs team was recently honored with a national public relations award. Pictured, left to right: Lauren Mashburn of Ridgeland, graphic designer; Morgan Miller of Jackson (Fondren), digital media manager; Kevin Perez of Clinton, media producer; Jarrod Ravencraft of Jackson (Fondren), public affairs director; Jason Scott of Jackson (Belhaven), public information officer; Selena Standifer of Brandon (Reservoir), deputy public affairs director; and Lucy Hetrick of Canton, brand manager.

 

Jackson, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Public Affairs team, along with staff members from various departments, was recently honored with a national public relations award from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Transportation Communication (TransComm) in Denver, Colo.

 

TransComm is made up of public affairs professionals from the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. It promotes excellence in communications through the exchange of ideas and educational programming, presents annual skills awards and advises other AASHTO committees on communications issues.

 

Public Affairs staff members won awards in the annual Skills Contest, conducted by the AASHTO TransComm Committee to recognize the outstanding work of its public relations practitioners and facilitate an exchange of ideas. The contest is considered the premier national competition in the transportation industry, and the awards have become a standard of public relations excellence among state DOTs.

 

“Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning, production, execution and evaluation of results and budget,” said Lloyd Brown, AASHTO communications director.

 

During the 2017 Awards Luncheon, MDOT Public Affairs was presented with one of the contest’s highest honors, first place in interactive presentation. MDOT received the award for its “Legislative Video Series,” a series of six videos featuring important transportation issues to the taxpayers of Mississippi.

 

“It’s an honor for Mississippi to be recognized by its peers in communication and transportation on a national platform,” said Jarrod Ravencraft, MDOT public affairs director. “This video series tells MDOT’s story and educates the entire state on important issues affecting its citizens.”

 

To view the video series, checkout Mississippi DOT on YouTube and click the playlist, “Questions on MDOT Transparency,” or visit GoMDOT.com.

Southern Public Relations Federation announces 2015 Lantern Award winners

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The Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) recognized outstanding work in the field of public relations during the Lantern Awards ceremony held Sept. 22 at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Ala.

Awards, including Certificates of Merit, Awards of Excellence and Lantern Awards, were given within three tiers and a student category. PRAM Central members took home over 20 awards from the Lantern Awards Banquet.

Of the Lantern Awards given, the judges also select the Best of Show Award and two Judges’ Choice Awards. Mississippi Department of Transportation received the William A. Taylor Best of Show Award for its “Get Your Game On” campaign designed around sports to inspire Mississippi residents not to litter.

Two Judge’s Choice awards were presented, one to The Focus Group for their campaign “Every Shrimp Has a Tail; Our Shrimp Have a Story” and one to Le Meridien New Orleans for their “Managing a Potential Identity Crisis: Transitioning W New Orleans to Le Meridien New Orleans.”

In addition to these awards, here is a complete list of local PRAM Central winners:

  • Caron Blanton, APR, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning – two Lantern Awards
  • Jim Beaugez, APR, Special Olympics Mississippi – Lantern Award
  • Jarrod Ravencraft, Mississippi Department of Transportation – three Lantern Awards
  • Patti Wade, APR, Jackson Academy – Lantern Award in the category of Community Relations/Corporate/External Communication
  • Andy North, St. Dominic Hospital – Lantern Award
  • Caron Blanton, APR, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning – Award of Excellence
  • Rob Pettit, Mississippi Department of Transportation – Award of Excellence
  • Tanya Rankin, C Spire – two Awards of Excellence
  • Alana Bowman, APR, Mississippi Development Authority – Award of Excellence
  • Jarrod Ravencraft, Mississippi Department of Transportation – Award of Excellence in the category of YouTube/Recorded Videos
  • Wendy Bailey, Mississippi Department of Mental Health – Award of Excellence
  • Erin Barham, Mississippi Division of Medicaid – Award of Excellence
  • Steve Alderman, GodwinGroup – Award of Excellence
  • Yolanda Clay-Moore, Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau – two Certificates of Merit
  • Andy North, St. Dominic Hospital – Certificate of Merit
  • Jarrod Ravencraft, Mississippi Department of Transportation – Certificate of Merit
  • Erin Barham, Mississippi Division of Medicaid – Certificate of Merit
  • Christopher Mims, American Heart Association – Metro Jackson – Certificate of Merit
  • Steve Alderman, GodwinGroup – Certificate of Merit

Throughout the SPRF conference, many PRAM Central members were honored in other ways, including:

  • Nominee for Professional Achievement Award – Mara Hartmann, APR
  • Senior Practitioner – Shannon Coker, APR
  • 2014 Chapter of Distinction – Communications – 2nd place
  • 2014 Chapter of Distinction – Membership – 3rd place
2014 Chapter of Distinction awards

2014 Chapter of Distinction awards

Mara Hartmann, APR was honored as a nominee for the Professional Achievement Award

Mara Hartmann, APR was honored as a nominee for the Professional Achievement Award

The Mississippi Department of Transportation takes home the Best of Show award from the Lantern Banquet.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation takes home the Best of Show award from the Lantern Banquet.

PRAM Central members take home over 20 awards from the Lantern Awards Banquet.

PRAM Central members take home over 20 awards from the Lantern Awards Banquet.

Shannon Coker, APR was honored as a senior practitioner at the Chapter of Distinction Luncheon at the Southern Public Relations Federation conference.

Shannon Coker, APR was honored as a senior practitioner at the Chapter of Distinction Luncheon at the Southern Public Relations Federation conference.

Three local public relations professionals take home top honors at conference

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Forming a different version of a Triple Crown, three members of the Public Relations of Mississippi (PRAM) Central Chapter recently took home three top honors at the annual PRAM conference held in Tupelo, Miss.

  • Mara Hartmann, APR with Entergy Mississippi, Inc., was presented the Professional Achievement Award, which goes to a public relations practitioner and PRAM member whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession. Hartmann is a resident of Jackson.
  • Dr. Mignon Kucia, a professor at Mississippi College, was honored as the Educator of the Year, demonstrating commitment to advancing the public relations profession and serving as full-time faculty teaching public relations or a closely-related field. Kucia is a resident of Clinton.
  • The Mississippi Department of Transportation was awarded Best of Show. Public Affairs Director Jarrod Ravencraft accepted the award on behalf of the agency.

Each honoree was in excellent company at the awards ceremony as many PRAM Central members also won PRism awards, Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit – all judged by professionals outside of the Southern Public Relations Federation.

In addition to crowning outstanding practitioners, the conference promotes professional development, gives members the opportunity to sharpen their communications skills and creates an arena for networking.

Mara Hartmann, APR

Mara Hartmann, APR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mignon Kucia

Dr. Mignon Kucia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarrod Ravencraft

Jarrod Ravencraft