Virginia Professional Communicators

Nominations due Feb. 28 for 2018 Newsmaker of the Year

Nominations for the 2018 Newsmaker of the Year are due on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

The annual Virginia Professional Communicator’s Newsmaker Award is given to a nominee who has made significant news in the past year or throughout their career. The nominee should be either from an under-represented group, such as women, minorities, LGBT persons or people with disabilities, OR someone who has served an under-represented group through their vocation. The nominee will be judged on the basis of newsworthiness, public service, personal sacrifice, risk-taking and/or inspiration to others. The nominee must either live in Virginia or have spent part of their life in Virginia, and the recipient must be available to accept the award in person and to make remarks at our spring meeting. Only VPC members may nominate candidates for Newsmaker.

Nominators must submit a rationale for their nominees, which should include:

·         Brief statement as to why the nominator feels the nominee deserves the award;
·         Biography of the nominee;
·         Names of news-outlets and dates/URLs or news clips showing how and where the nominee
made news during the past year;
·         Describe ways in which the nominee has helped an underserved community.

Don’t delay!  Nominations can be submitted in writing electronically or by postal mail as directed in submission guidelines located on the VPC website. Send your nomination, along with copies, scans or links to substantiate the nomination to VPC Awards Committee Chair Marcella Germanotta at, or mail to: Marcella Germanotta, 1601 Waterway Circle, Chesapeake, VA 23322.


Name of Nominee __________________________________________________
Name of Nominator _________________________________________________
Nominator’s email address ______________________  Phone __________________
Reasons for Nomination:_______________________________________________

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