NYSUT Communications Awards

UPDATE: December 2015

Now it's easier than ever to enter and there are even more opportunities to win!

communications awardsThis year there are only four main categories, so completing your entry just got easier. But don't worry, there are plenty of opportunities to showcase your best work and be recognized with every submission.


You may submit up to five different stories that were published (in print or digitally) between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015.  This must be original work produced by your local.  Now this is where it gets exciting: For each article you submit, you are eligible to win a wide range of awards.  That list includes, but is not limited to:

  • Best Creative Writing
  • Best Headline
  • Best Article about a Social Justice Issue
  • Best Caption
  • Best Article about Union Values
  • Best Original Photo
  • Best Article about a Local or Chapter Issue
  • Best Illustration Best Article about Solidarity
  • Best Graphic Design

That's right, each article has the possibility of winning multiple awards.  So show us what you've got!


Enter a complete edition of your publication, either print or digital, for this category. Publications
will be judged on both the content and design. Submit the edition that best shows the broad range of activities and interest of your local. The judges will be looking for the effective use of clear, descriptive writing, as well as compelling visual elements presented in an attractive design. Writing, spelling and grammar will be considered.


If you are reaching your membership with a website or blog you can also enter in this category.  Entries
will be judged for making the experience a pleasant one for the user by presenting content that is both useful and well designed.  If you have a website and a blog, you may submit one entry for each.


Are you using – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo or Groupsites – to
engage your members and the community? Enter in this category and show us how you've used this
influential medium to entertain, inform and educate the public about issues affecting the profession.


Winners in any category will automatically be eligible for the Ted Bleeker Award – the Best of the Best
– for the most outstanding accomplishment. The winner may be a publication, website or blog, social media or an article.

The NYSUT Communications Awards is sponsored by NYSUT United, your union publication.  The contest is judged by a panel if independent experts. Only original work may be entered.


Please print or type your entry form so all information is clear and legible.

communications awards1. All entries must be published between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015.

2. All entries must be original, meaning locals cannot submit material first published somewhere else.

3. An entry for General Excellence should be an entire issue.  If you are mailing in a printed publication, we need four (4) copies of that entire edition. Digital publications need to provide the URL for that edition.

4. Entries for Best Website, Best Blog or Best use of Social Media must provide the URL on the entry form.

Did you know you can enter this contest electronically?

If you would like to email your entry, you may download an editable PDF.

Participants submitting e-entry forms only need to provide ONE copy of each submission and you have until midnight on Jan. 11, 2016 to file.

Additional requirements for MAIL-IN SUBMISSIONS ONLY:

1. Four (4) copies of EACH article entered in the Writing Category must be submitted.

2. Each entry must be LABELED on the FRONT with the publication name, local name and class. (See 'Entry Class' below).

3. Submissions must be postmarked no later than Jan. 11, 2016 to be eligible.  Return to: Communications Awards c/o NYSUT United, 800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110-2455.

POSTED: Sep. 1, 2015

Communications Awards 2015: And the winner is...

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 Communications Awards! We know how hard you work to keep your members informed. Thank you!

Ted Bleecker Best of the Best Award: In-Service

Hastings Teachers Association
"Hastings TA Social Media Campaign"
Award Winner: Nate Morgan
Editor: Nate Morgan
Local President: Nate Morgan

With its skillful use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr - all linked to an attractive and comprehensive website - this local continues its tradition of excellence in digital documentation of its commitment to community service. The website does a masterful job of keeping members and the community up-to-date on local, statewide and national issues in education and labor and provides links to the union's constant presence on social media sites.

Ted Bleecker Best of the Best Award: Retiree

Jericho Retiree Association
The Jericho Retiree
"Jericho's Fulbrights"
Award Winners: Maureen Tracy, Dave Martin, Jeff Feinberg & Susan Menkes
Editor: Carol Spielberger
Chapter Leader: Carol Spielberger

From the colorful artwork to the individual accounts by four of its members, this retiree group has taken a mildly interesting subject –- Teacher Fulbright awards -- and turned it into a compelling read. Four now-retired recipients of the prestigious awards each tell their stories in their own words, taking us into their classrooms overseas and recounting their experiences. Even the artwork is superb –- a colorful photo of a six-foot mural, inspired by the events of 9/11 and jointly created by the Fulbright-winning art teacher's students both at home and in Japan.

About the NYSUT Communications Awards

Sponsored by NYSUT United, the NYSUT Communications Awards recognize outstanding NYSUT local union and chapter publications, websites and social media.

For any questions, contact Julie Bull by email: jbull@nysutmail.org