What a year.

Tragedy and trauma impacted our community like never before. Crisis communication took on a whole new meaning for many. Yet, what we learned at the end of the day is that the Gem City truly is Dayton Strong. Love is more powerful than hate. Neighbors will be there for each other. This place we call home will not succumb to fear, but will rise up together to become something better and stronger.

All the change of the past year has inspired us to celebrate not only what’s best in public relations—but what’s best about our community. We are the Gem City and our annual communications awards program will reflect what’s best about the Miami Valley—its people. Stay tuned for more in the days to come. 

PR Awards and Individual Awards Timeline

  • February 10 – Deadline for Individual Awards (Young Professional, Communications Professional, Media Friend, Newsmaker)
  • March 23 – Early Entry Deadline for PR Awards (save $$)
  • March 30 – PR Awards Deadline
  • April 6 – LATE PR Awards Deadline (extra $$)
  • May 21 – Awards Ceremony

This is our region’s biggest and best PR awards program. It’s a big stage that welcomes all players: profit and not-for-profit, large agencies and small teams, marketing campaigns and terrific tactics.Show us your best stuff!

The competition is open to both PRSA members and non-members who work or live in the Dayton area. Entry deadline is Monday, March 30 at noon and late entry deadline is Monday, April 6 at noon. A panel of PR professionals from a sister PRSA chapter will judge the entries. Eligible projects must have been completed in 2019 and demonstrate research, planning, execution, results and support materials.

Please view all the categories here and submit your entries today here!

The chapter will award both Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit, and one entry will be honored as Best in Show. We’ll also recognize special leaders in four categories: Communicator of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Media Friend of the Year and Newsmaker of the Year.

Recognizing Communications Leaders – The Individual Awards

We will also celebrate the PR leaders, programs and projects that are at the top of their game in the following categories:

  • Communications Professional of the YearThis award will honor an area communicator with 20 or more years of experience who is at the top of their game. Does not need to be a PRSA member, but history looks kindly on those who are.
  • Young Professional of the YearGiven to a professional with less than three years of professional experience who is making a positive impact on the field of PR.
  • Media Friend of the YearNominate an individual working in the media who has been instrumental in building a trusting professional relationship that has benefitted your organization or client and the public. 
  • Newsmaker of the YearThis award will honor a Dayton area person who is not a professional communicator but whose communications acumen and media savvy have advanced our community in a positive way.

Please take some time to nominate a worthy individual for these awards no later than Monday, February 10, 2020 at noon.

If you have questions, please contact our awards co-chairs Kelly and Christine at [email protected] or Kelly Mofield at 419-450-2350 ([email protected]) or Christine Ton at 937-478-9325 or ([email protected]).