State Information Officers Council Announces Award Winners
Communications Professionals from the California Energy Commission
and the California Youth Authority Take Top Honors
SACRAMENTO -- May 19,2005 -- Information officers from the California Energy Commission and the California Youth Authority were awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement and PIO of the Year awards Thursday night at the State Information Officers Council (SiOC) Awards Banquet and Exhibit. Fourteen other departments were also winners in the annual statewide competition.
Claudia Chandler, assistant executive director at the California Energy Commission, was awarded the lifetime achievement award for her 20 years of excellence in government communications. She previously was awarded the Public Information Officer of the Year in 2001. The 2004 Public Information Officer of the Year Award went to Sarah Ludeman, an information officer at the California Youth Authority. Ludeman was instrumental in responding to inquiries from national, state and local press as the youth correctional agency came under a critical microscope during much of 2004.
The contest attracted 67 entries in eight categories, including, writing, reports, publications, audio-visual production, graphics, special projects, media relations and Web sites. The awards were announced at a dinner event inside the Dante Club in Sacramento that attracted more than 70 people.
The high quality of the entries forced the judges to choose several tie winners.
"The competition reached new heights this year by having three times the number of judges evaluate the entries," said SiOC President Sheryl Tankersley, an Information Officer with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. "Despite our urging them to choose a single winner for each award, the judges insisted that some awards were too close to call. This is testimony to the outstanding work by all of these communications professionals."
Tying for gold in the writing category were the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the California Department of Fish and Game. The publications category also saw ties, and, in two of the subcategories, the judges chose not to award a gold. The Department of Water Resources received the silver award for its newsletter and the Judicial Council, Administrative Office of the Courts, won silver for its magazine.
There were two ties in the brochure category. The State Water Resources Control Board and CalPERS tied for the gold, and the California Integrated Waste Management Board and the California Men's Colony Prison Industries Authority Print Shop tied for silver.
Departments receiving awards and the number of awards received Thursday night were the Department of Boating and Waterways (5), California State Parks Department (4), Department of Water Resources (4), CalPERS (3), the Office of Traffic Safety (2), the State Water Resources Control Board (2), the Air Resources Board (1), the Employment Development Department (1), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (1), Department of Fish and Game (1), South Orange County Community College District (1), Judicial Council, Administrative Office of the Courts (1), Prison Industries Authority (2), and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (1).
For a full list of winners, please go to: www.ca-sioc.org/awards/
SiOC is a nonprofit, professional organization run by communications professionals who volunteer to provide a venue for information officers to network, share trends and advance the profession. SiOC seeks volunteers to run next year's competition. For a complete list of award winners or other information about SiOC, please visit us online at http://www.ca-sioc.org.