Town of Chapel Hill receives Excellence in Communications Awards

Post Date:04/10/2017 3:33 PM


Receiving the NC3C Awards were staff members from the Town of Chapel Hill Communications and Public Affairs Department – (left to right) Graphic Artist Melanie Miller, Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko and Communications Specialist Ran Northam.

Charlotte, NC – The Town of Chapel Hill was among 22 North Carolina local governments to earn recognition in the Tenth North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards. The Town of Chapel Hill won two awards.

The awards were presented Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the NC3C’s annual spring conference in Charlotte during which the organization celebrated 10 years of existence. More than 133 entries were received.

“Our organization is full of city and county government communicators who are excellent at what they do. They are innovative, creative, passionate, and dedicated, and that shows in their work,” said NC3C President Glenn Hargett. “It was an honor to preside over the program, viewing these exciting demonstrations of work to communicate the stories of the jurisdictions they serve.”

Categories included TV & Videos, Communication Technology, Special Events, Printed Publications, Most Creative Project for the Least Amount of Funds, Citizen Participation, and Marketing Tools.

The Town of Chapel Hill received first place award for the “TOWNTalk Employee Newsletter” in the category of Printed Employee Newsletters. The newsletter is designed to share a common attitude and core values that connect and motivate employees.

The Town also won the second place award for the best general use of social media. For that award, the judges commented that it was hard to award the number two spot for the exceptionally strong submission.

Staff members from the Town of Chapel Hill Communications and Public Affairs Department – Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko, Communications Specialist Ran Northam, and Graphic Designer Melanie Miller received the awards.

Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were government communication professionals from Kansas, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Maryland and Oregon. Each judge has previously won state or national awards.

The purpose of North Carolina City & County Communicators is to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March 2007 and is made up of government professional communicators from around the state. For more information about NC3C, visit the website,

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