Recent ASPC News and Announcements




Entry Period for 2017 ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards Now Closed

PITTSBURGH, October 14, 2017—The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced that the period for submitting entries to the 2017 ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report Awards competition has now closed. Honorees will be notified in late November and announced publicly on December 4, 2017.

“We have a fantastic crop of entries for this year’s competition, with submissions from across industries and from all over the world,” said ASPC President Erin Reilly. “I’d personally like to thank everyone who took the time and made the investment to submit an entry and to participate in this program, which seeks not only to recognize the very best work in our industry but to help us all learn from the best practices, creativity and innovation of our peers in the field of professional communications. Having spent some time looking at many of this year’s entries, I’d say our judges have their work cut out for them when it comes time to select our honorees.”

The ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards Competition honors the outstanding work done by our colleagues each year on these most important documents that, together, tell the story of not just what an organization does but how it benefits the communities it serves and the wider world. The competition compares entries against others in four revenue classes – not-for-profits, companies with gross revenues less than $250 million, companies with gross revenues between $250 million and $2.5 billion, and companies with gross revenues greater than $2.5 billion. And the judges – all of whom are professional communicators with a decade or more of experience working on annual and CSR reports across the private and public sectors – consider how design influences (or is influenced by) the narrative tone, the transparency and authenticity of the content, the organizational structure or framework that provides context for the information presented within the report, the clarity of financial information throughout the report, and how the information within the report is presented online.

In addition to the competition's best-of-category awards, the ASPC awards committee also may bestow the ASPC Colonial Award for Excellence or a certificate of honorable mention upon other exceptional entries.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through the ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards and the ASPC Masters Communication Awards competitions. New for 2017, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch the new ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards program. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, http://www.asprocomm.com.



ASPC Extends 2017 Annual and CSR Report Awards Entry Deadline to October 13

PITTSBURGH, October 2, 2017—At the request of the community that we aim to serve – particularly those professional communicators whose organizations operate on a variant fiscal calendar and publish their annual and/or corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports later in the year, as well as a number of organizations that have been either impacted by or preoccupied with recovery efforts related to recent natural disasters – The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced that it is extending the deadline for entries for the 2017 ASPC Annual and CSR Report Awards competition by two weeks to Friday, October 13.

The call for entries and the online entry form are available on the ASPC Web site, http://www.asprocomm.com.

The ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards Competition honors the outstanding work done by our colleagues each year on these most important documents that, together, tell the story of not just what an organization does but how it benefits the communities it serves and the wider world. The competition compares entries against others in four revenue classes – not-for-profits, companies with gross revenues less than $250 million, companies with gross revenues between $250 million and $2.5 billion, and companies with gross revenues greater than $2.5 billion. And the judges – all of whom are professional communicators with a decade or more of experience working on annual and CSR reports across the private and public sectors – consider how design influences (or is influenced by) the narrative tone, the transparency and authenticity of the content, the organizational structure or framework that provides context for the information presented within the report, the clarity of financial information throughout the report, and how the information within the report is presented online.

In addition to the competition's best-of-category awards, the ASPC awards committee also may bestow the ASPC Colonial Award for Excellence or a certificate of honorable mention upon other exceptional entries.

Additionally, the ASPC is again offering an optional written critique of submitted reports. These in-depth critiques of at least 10 pages in length are prepared by professional communicators with at least a decade of experience creating annual and CSR reports. Since the program's inception, approximately 25 percent of participants have elected to receive written critiques. Critiques examine each report by the contest categories and provide comparative analysis against current trends and best practices. In light of ongoing economic headwinds, the ASPC is offering this service this year at a reduced rate of $550. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way affects competition judging. This year, to ensure the timely return of critiques, only the first 60 requests for written critiques will be accepted. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way effects competition judging.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through the ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards and the ASPC Masters Communication Awards competitions. New for 2017, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch the new ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards program. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, http://www.asprocomm.com.



ASPC Announces 2017 Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards Competition

PITTSBURGH, July 28, 2017--The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced that it is now accepting entries for the 2017 ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report Awards competition. The call for entries and the entry form are available on the ASPC Web site, http://www.asprocomm.com. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 29, and participants entering both their annual and CSR reports will receive a 20 percent discount off their total entry fees.

The ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards Competition honors the outstanding work done by our colleagues each year on these most important documents that, together, tell the story of not just what an organization does but how it benefits the communities it serves and the wider world. The competition compares entries against others in four revenue classes – not-for-profits, companies with gross revenues less than $250 million, companies with gross revenues between $250 million and $2.5 billion, and companies with gross revenues greater than $2.5 billion. And the judges – all of whom are professional communicators with a decade or more of experience working on annual and CSR reports across the private and public sectors – consider how design influences (or is influenced by) the narrative tone, the transparency and authenticity of the content, the organizational structure or framework that provides context for the information presented within the report, the clarity of financial information throughout the report, and how the information within the report is presented online.

"The ASPC Annual and CSR Report Awards competition aims to recognize outstanding achievement across categories that represent the most important features of a successful annual or CSR report, relative to established best practices, current trends and innovative thinking about the medium," said ASPC President Erin Reilly. "By honoring the achievements of our colleagues in the art of annual and CSR report production – writing, design, photography and financial presentation, as well as online availability and features – we raise the standards of excellence for our entire profession."

In addition to the competition's best-of-category awards, the ASPC awards committee also may bestow the ASPC Colonial Award for Excellence or a certificate of honorable mention upon other exceptional entries.

Additionally, the ASPC is again offering an optional written critique of submitted reports. These in-depth critiques of at least 10 pages in length are prepared by professional communicators with at least a decade of experience creating annual and CSR reports. Since the program's inception, approximately 25 percent of participants have elected to receive written critiques. Critiques examine each report by the contest categories and provide comparative analysis against current trends and best practices. In light of ongoing economic headwinds, the ASPC is offering this service this year at a reduced rate of $550. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way affects competition judging. This year, to ensure the timely return of critiques, only the first 60 requests for written critiques will be accepted. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way effects competition judging.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through the ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards and the ASPC Masters Communication Awards competitions. New for 2017, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch the new ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards program. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, http://www.asprocomm.com.



ASPC to Combine 2017 Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards Programs

PITTSBURGH, June 1, 2017--The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced plans to fold its Corporate Social Responsibility Report awards program, launched in 2016, into the organization’s highly regarded annual report awards program beginning this year.

“Combining these programs makes perfect sense as we look to determine how to best serve our program participants and to sustain the high-quality of judging that has been the hallmark of our annual report awards program for nearly 20 years,” said ASPC President Erin Reilly. “Not only will this lead to improvements in our program calendar this year and in years ahead, but it will enable us to cut back the number of solicitations our participants receive – a welcome enhancement, I’m sure, among folks who already receive too many emails, and it will drive efficiencies that will make it possible for us to offer discounted entry fees for participants who enter both their annual and CSR reports in the competition.”

The ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards Competition honors the outstanding work done by our colleagues each year on these most important documents that, together, tell the story of not just what an organization does but how it benefits the communities it serves and the wider world. The competition compares entries against others in four revenue classes – not-for-profits, companies with gross revenues less than $250 million, companies with gross revenues between $250 million and $2.5 billion, and companies with gross revenues greater than $2.5 billion. And the judges – all of whom are professional communicators with a decade or more of experience working on annual and CSR reports across the private and public sectors – consider how design influences (or is influenced by) the narrative tone, the transparency and authenticity of the content, the organizational structure or framework that provides context for the information presented within the report, the clarity of financial information throughout the report, and how the information within the report is presented online.

The call for entries for the 2017 ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards will be issued in late July.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through the ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards and the ASPC Masters Communication Awards competitions. New for 2017, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch the new ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards program. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, http://www.asprocomm.com.



ASPC Announces Plan to Launch New Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards Competition in 2017

New program builds on organization’s long history of recognizing outstanding achievement in professional communications

PITTSBURGH, April 18, 2017-- The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) has announced plans to launch a new program this year in order to recognize outstanding achievement in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) communications. The new ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards program is expected to launch in October.

“The business case for diversity and inclusion gets stronger each year as more organizations realize the benefits of cultivating a culture that leverages diversity in order to build higher-performing teams of individuals whose differences lead to more constructive dialogue and more innovative thinking about how best to serve diverse constituencies,” said ASPC President Erin Reilly. “Strong D&I communications programs – including annual D&I reports, employee messaging, heritage month programs, social media campaigns, advertising and more – bring transparency to this effort while giving organizations the opportunity to make important statements about their investments, their culture and their shared values to customers, business partners, community leaders, and current and prospective employees.”

New for 2017, the ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards seek to recognize those organizations whose communication efforts most effectively tell their D&I stories. The program will bring to bear the same practices and standards that have governed the ASPC’s other successful recognition programs for nearly 20 years and will judge entries based on the context in which they were developed, the quality of the message and the delivery channel, and relative to current best practices among D&I practitioners from across industries.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators in order to promote best practices and raise the standards of excellence within the industry. For nearly 20 years, the ASPC has pursued its mission through the ASPC Annual and Corporate Social Responsibility Report Awards and the ASPC Masters Communication Awards competitions. New for 2017, the ASPC is bringing to bear the same practices and standards that have governed those successful programs for so many years in order to launch the new ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards program. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, http://www.asprocomm.com.


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