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Q. What programs are eligible for entry into the Thoth Awards?
We have both entries for programs, and components within public relations programs.
At least some part of the program must have occurred in the prior calendar year. Programs have a better chance of winning near their completion, when evaluation against initial objectives can be measured.
Q. I’m confused about which category to enter. There seem to be several into which mine might fit. Can you help?
Sometimes there indeed are two or more different categories into which an entry might fit. Entrants must select a single category per entry. However, entrants may choose to enter their program in more than one category, provided that it applies to the specific criteria stated within that category.
Q. Will my entry be disqualified if it is entered into the wrong category?
While our judges can disqualify any entry that does not fit in the category entered, this is a rare action and taken only when an entrant has blatantly disregarded the category description.
Q. Can you tell me how many entries fall in the different categories?
No. We do not reveal the number of entries in any category or sub-category. You should select the category or categories you feel best fit the entry without trying to guess what the competition in a particular one might be. Anyway, the number of entries in each category varies from year to year.
Q. The rules ask for budgetary disclosure, but my client insists on confidentiality. What do I do?
Budget is required, as it is an integral part of any public relations program. Specific figures will be kept confidential unless the budget amount is mentioned as part of your 50 page summary. We suggest that you speak in broader terms on how the budget was applied to the program.
Q. Where and when are the Thoth Awards presented?
The Thoth Award finalists are posted online by Friday, August 25 by noon Eastern Time, and the Awards are presented on Thursday, October 12 at the Press Club. For ticket sales, please visit www.prsa-ncc.org. Thoth Award winners and Awards of Excellence winners are then posted on our website on Friday, October 13.
Q. What are the judges looking for in terms of measurement of a program’s success?
PRSA endorses the Barcelona Principles, which are intended to encourage best practices for measuring public relations and communications programs.
To facilitate measurement, programs should:
- Have Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely (SMART) objectives.
- Demonstrate how your public relations team made a tangible contribution to the organization through the program’s objectives.
- Demonstrate the impact of the program on the target audience.
- Show a link between your activity and your or your client’s business or organizational goals, and specifically demonstrate impact on business outcomes.
- Not confuse the value of Advertising Value Equivalencies (AVEs) with the overall value of the public relations program.¹
¹ In line with AMEC’s commitment to the Barcelona Principles framework, the use of AVEs as the “value of earned media” will be considered very unfavorably by the judges. The consideration of AVEs as a value or benefit is simply wrong.
If you are having any difficulties with using the online submission software or if you have general questions about the Thoth Awards, please contact our Executive Director, Sherri Core, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a technical question about your entry and/or its substance (what category should I enter, etc.) email Thoth Awards Judging Chairs Brigitte Johnson, APR at email@example.com or Jill Parker Landsman at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will answer your questions or connect you with someone who can provide further guidance on preparing your Thoth entry.