Awards

    2018 VOX AWARDS

    Each year the PRSA Memphis Chapter recognizes outstanding contributions made by public relations professionals and practitioners in the Memphis and Mid-South area through the VOX Awards.

    The PRSA Memphis Chapter invites entries from all business sectors including agencies, corporations, media, non-profit, small businesses and freelancers. Any communication professional may enter work. A PRSA membership is not required. These awards represent the best in public relations as judged by a peer chapter through PRSA.

    Work submitted must have been produced and used from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The majority of the work must be created and/or overseen in the Mid-South/Memphis metropolitan area served by the Memphis Chapter of PRSA. Local firms or agencies with regional or national clients are welcome provided the majority of the work was produced in the Mid-South area.  

    The VOX Awards are tailored after the Public Relations Society of America Anvil Awards. The VOX Awards competition is categorized into Special Events, Campaigns and Tactics.

    Winners:

    Best in Show: Memphis Greenspace Confederate Statue Removal, DCA

    Campaigns Brand Management/Reputation, more than $7500:
    Gold: 2017 PR Strategy for American Chef and Author Melissa Cookston, Morris Marketing Group

    Campaigns Community Relations $7,500 or less
    Gold: Kosten Foundation November Awareness Campaign, Morris Marketing Group
    Gold: East Buntyn ArtWalk, Shannon Little
    VOX: Big Jump Project, Shannon Little

    Campaigns Community Relations more than $7,500 
    VOX: Explore Bike Share Pre-Launch Community Engagement, DCA

    Campaigns Integrated Communications $7,500 or less
    Gold: East Buntyn ArtWalk, Shannon Little
    VOX: Tsunami Beer Pairing Dinner, DCA

    Campaigns Integrated Communications More than $7,500
    Gold: Carolina Watershed Grand Opening, inferno
    VOX: Memphis Public Libraries "Start Here" Campaign, DCA

    Campaigns Marketing Communication/Promotion more than $7,500
    Gold: Folk's Folly 40th Anniversary, DCA

    Campaigns – Media Relations – Single Project $7,500 or Less
    Gold: EMS "The Right Response", KQ Communications
    VOX: Memphis Greenspace Confederate Statue Removal, DCA

    Campaigns – Public Service $7,500 or Less
    VOX: Big Jump Project, Shannon Little

    Campaigns – Public Service more than $7,500 
    VOX: Big River Crossing One-Year Anniversary, DCA

    Campaigns – Social Media
    Gold: #MemphisDelivers Amazon HQ2 Campaign, DCA
    VOX: Memphis Public Libraries "Start Here" Campaign, DCA

    Media Tactics – News Release - Feature
    Gold: Transnetyx "Brick in the Wall" Documentary Promotion, inferno
    VOX: LRK Crosstown Concourse LEED Platinum Certification, DCA

    Media Tactics – News Release – Hard/Breaking News
    VOX: Memphis Greenspace Confederate Statue Removal, DCA

    Online – Email Newsletter
    VOX: Memphis Public Libraries "Start Here" Campaign, DCA

    Online – Website 
    VOX: Focal Point at Crosstown Concourse, Southern College of Optometry

    Print Tactics - Magazine – External or Internal
    VOX: Freight Quarterly Winter 2018, FedEx Freight

    Print Tactics – One-Time Special Publication
    VOX: “Hope For The World” Missions Guide, David Brown and Terrell Gatewood of KQ Communications

    Visual Elements
    Gold: Folk's Folly 40th Anniversary, DCA
    Gold: Tsunami Beer Pairing Dinner, DCA
    VOX: MERI & Genesis Rebrand, DCA

    Special Events – One Day $7,500 or Less
    VOX: East Buntyn ArtWalk, Shannon Little

    Special Events – One Day More than $7,500
    Gold: RISE "An Evening of Change in Emerald City," Brittney Elkins and Joyce McKinney of KQ Communications
    VOX: SCS Preview Weekend, KQ Communications

    Special Events Two Days or More - $7,500 or less
    VOX: Eclectic Eye City & State Pop-Up, inferno

    Special Events Two Days or More - More Than $7,500
    Gold: Inauguration of President Marjorie Hass, Rhodes College Office of Communications

    Video
    External Video Presentation
    Gold: Memphis Public Libraries "Start Here" Campaign, DCA
    Gold: “Levi Casabella,” Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
    VOX: “Brand New: Regional One Gala,” Lauren Ready of Forever Ready Productions

    Viral Video
    VOX: “A New Heart,” Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

    THE PRSA MEMPHIS 2018 STAR AWARDS

    About the Star Awards:

    The Star Awards were created by the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America to recognize outstanding achievement by public relations practitioners in the Mid-South. Introduced in 2016, the Star Awards are open to anyone currently working in the public relations profession in the Mid-South, within an approximate 100-mile radius of Memphis. 

    How to enter:

    The Star Awards are composed of three divisions depending of the number of years of experience – the Rising Star, the PR Star and the Executive of the Year. One winner will be selected in each category. The entries will be judged by a PRSA chapter in another city. The three winners will be announced during the chapter’s annual VOX Awards on October 25, 2018.

    Each company or institution may submit an entry in each category, but only one entry per category. The cost to enter is $30 per entry for PRSA Memphis members and $35 for non-members. Please note that entry fees do not cover the cost of tickets to the VOX Awards. 

    Award Categories:

    • Rising Star
      Awarded to a current PR practitioner with three years’ experience or less in the profession whose work has been considered outstanding by his or her firm and who also is active in professional organizations and/or community service.

    • PR Star
      Awarded to a current PR practitioner who has more than three years’ experience in the profession whose work has been considered outstanding by his or her firm, agency or organization and who also is active in professional organizations and/or community service.

    • PR Executive of the Year
      Awarded to a current PR practitioner who is the highest-ranking member of a PR department or division of a Mid-South firm, organization or institution that has produced exceptional work under the nominee’s leadership. He or she also should have made a notable contribution as a member of a professional organization or through his or her community service.

    Winners:

    2018 Rising Star Award: Hayley Grossman
    2018 PR Executive of the Year Award: Valerie Morris