TUC Communications Awards 2015
Fransis O’Grady addresses the audience and Century One designer Sarah Ryan with CWU Voice editor Simon Alford
We popped along to the TUC Communications Awards at Congress House on Tuesday evening, with TUC General Secretary Francis O’Grady hosting. She commended the fantastic work of the unions and their “top quality communications”.
Judges found Voice, the flagship title for CWU members, to be “an excellent, lively and informative magazine” with “packed letters pages show[ing] the paper is valued”.
The British Dietetic Association put forward Dietetics Today which judges said “engages the reader and draws them gently towards the benefits of union membership.” BDA also enjoyed a highly commended award for their website and its clear sign-up journey, and won the Best Video category outright.
Prospect’s Profile magazine was also lauded for its “clear layout and strong use of imagery [which] contribute to a professional feel.” Prospect did win in the Best One-off Publication category with a loose-leaf folder on the issues raised by the referendum in Scotland.
The CWU communications team narrowly missed out on Best Feature for their ‘Last Post: WW1 Remembered’ spread, receiving a ‘highly commeneded’ award, but Barrie Clement’s ‘We’re human beings too’ feature took home the big prize for Unite.
CWU were also commended on their website’s prominent social sharing options, and highly commended on the CWUTV video that supported the union’s successful campaign to retain its political fund.
But the top honours for the evening went to Nautilus who scooped the Best Magazine award, which judges said had “a good mix of long and short reads, job opportunities, and engaging features.”