Informative Writing

This award is presented to the best example of informative writing, such as news release, blog, feature story, etc. 

This is awarded one per each region and among those, an international winner is selected.

Each agency may submit only ONE entry.

Criteria for selection:

  • Content 
  • Clarity
  • Engagement
  • Effectiveness

2022 Winners

Division and Category 6C (Feature Story)

Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles

Connecting the Dots

“Connecting the dots” is a unique feature story about an assistant office manager who worked for years on this art project and focuses on her personality and creative drive. She collected thousands of tiny, leftover credential pieces that were typically discarded after staff would void a credential by punching holes in it, and then painstakingly painted and arranged these pieces, each not much larger than a grain of sand, to create the Colorado flag. In this feature article, the manager’s passion for her artwork, Colorado, and its people were on full display. The article captured every step, every frustration, and every triumph the manager experienced as she worked through the creative process. The story was used in Colorado DMV's award-winning internal newsletter, DMViews, and it was well received internally and had a 72% open rate.

Category 6A (News Release)

Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration

Child Passenger Safety Week 2021 Press Release

In summer 2021, Maryland experienced multiple crashes on its roadways involving children who had not been properly secured in a safety seat. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children. he Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) used the Child Passenger Safety Week 2021 observance to craft a press release that provided education and resources for parents and caregivers to support safe travel practices and to point them to new videos that demonstrate the proper installation of child safety seats for various ages, interviews with safety experts, and guidelines and tips for transitioning children from booster seats to seatbelt only. In addition to being sent to MDOT MVA’s media list, the press release also was posted to the MDOT MVA newsroom and circulated on all social media platforms. The press release was picked up by the Southern Maryland Chronicle and reached more than 12,000 people, with 600-plus direct engagements with our social media.