IALR’s Public Relations and Communications team won several awards at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Blue Ridge Chapter Summit Awards. The 2021 Industrial Hemp Summit won Gold for Special Events, two days or shorter. The 2020 Annual Report received a Gold award for best Annual Report, and the Monthly Newsletter received Gold for best Newsletter for External Audiences. The Monthly Newsletter also won the COVID Response Award, a new category added to recognize the “tremendous work done by communications professionals during the response to the pandemic.”
“Telling the story of IALR’s work and regional impact has always been an honor, especially considering the high-quality and innovative programs, research, services and facilities that are championed day in and day out by such tireless and exceptional staff,” said Allison Moore, manager of public relations and communications for IALR. “Thank you to the PRSA Blue Ridge Chapter for the incredible honor of winning three Gold Summit Awards, including the seventh consecutive one for our monthly newsletter, which also received the special COVID Response Award this year.”
The Summit Awards are open to all professional public relations practitioners and students in the Blue Ridge Chapter area, which includes Central, Southern and Southwest Virginia. The competition was decided by a panel of judges from the Agricultural Relations Council chapter of PRSA.