Awards & Recognition

Cooperative Communication Awards

​​Initiatives of ​the Council of Rural Electric Communicators

The Spotlight on Excellence Awards

The Spotlight on Excellence Aw​ards program recognizes a body of outstanding work produced by electric cooperative communication and marketing professionals from across the country. The 18​ categories reflect the wide scope and valuable contributions of co-op communicators today.

Call for Entries: Oct. 4, 2021
Deadline: Nov. 19, 2021. Award winners are recognized at the Connect Conference.

The LaBerge Award for Excellence in Strategic Communication

The LaBerge Award recognizes an electric cooperative communicator with demonstrated excellence, influence and impact in co-op communications, both as a practitioner and contributor across Co-op Nation.

Call for Entries: Feb. 2, 2022
Deadline: March 11, 2022. Award winner is recognized at the Connect Conference.

The J.C. Brown CEO Communication Leadership Award

The J.C. Brown Award recognizes an electric cooperative or public power district chief executive officer/general manager who is committed to advancing communication at the cooperative and in the electric cooperative industry.

Call for Entries: Sept. 14, 2021
Deadline: Oct. 29, 2021. Award winner is recognized at the CEO Close-Up conference. The communications team is recognized at the Connect Conference.

The Autry Award for 'Always O​n' Communication

The Autry Award is a "lifetime achievement" recognition acknowledging an electric cooperative communicator who has made extraordinary impact and contribution to the practice of "Always On" communication.
Call for Entries: Ongoing
Deadline: Open. Award winner is recognized at the Connect C​onference.

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Statewide Publication Awards


​The George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award

The Haggard Award is an annual honor presented by NRECA recognizing an electric cooperative statewide consumer publication that best presents “lucid, forthright contributions to electric cooperative objectives.”

Call for Entries: Early fall
Deadline: First week of December​

The SEA Willies Awards

The SEA Willies Awards recognize outstanding work produced by electric cooperative statewide consumer publications. The 13 categories cover editorial content, design, photography/illustrations and digital communications.

Call for Entries: Early May
Deadline: End of May

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