Scholarships and awards

Nominations Open for the President's Newsmaker Awards

November 21, 2017
Print

The university is pleased to recognize excellence in media relations, digital engagement and communications strategy with the President's Newsmaker Awards. This year, the university will be recognizing staff and faculty in three categories: Media Newsmaker of the Year, Social Media Newsmaker of the Year and Strategic Communicator of the Year. Each of these awards will showcase a staff or faculty member who has supported SFU’s role as Canada’s Engaged University by sharing their expertise with the larger community through earned media, social media and by leveraging strategic communications skills.

 University staff, students, faculty, alumni and members of the general community can nominate candidates for the three awards through SFU Communications and Marketing. Nominations must include the name, address and phone number of the nominator, and supporting information on the nominee that should be no longer than 1 page. Previous nominees can be re-nominated.

 SFU Communications and Marketing will review the nominations and recommend the award winners to the President. Simon Fraser University will recognize winners at a lunch as well as at the university’s faculty and staff awards.

 To nominate yourself or another candidate, email sfu_comms@sfu.ca with the subject line "SFU PRESIDENT’S NEWSMAKER AWARDS" by Friday, December 15, 2017. Work should have taken place at some point over the past three years, and applications should be no more than 1 page. All nominations will remain confidential. Please submit the following information about the candidate:

  • General information on candidate (name, department, contact information including phone number)
  • Description of nominee’s contributions, including a clear statement indicating why this candidate exemplifies outstanding service to the university through earned media, social media engagement or strategic communications services

Nominees will be considered on the basis of a number of factors including:

Media Newsmaker of the Year

  • Impact on advancing/shaping public knowledge/opinion over a year long period during the last three years
  • Responsiveness to and availability for media opportunities concerning events in the news and/or the individual’s research
  • Extent and consistency of media coverage (i.e. local, national, international)
  • Promotion of public relations participation among colleagues
  • Provides a leadership voice on key issues and supports engagement with the community

Social Media Newsmaker of the Year

  • Impact on advancing/shaping public knowledge/opinion over a year long period during the last three years
  • Responsiveness online
  • Engagement and scope of online presence
  • Promotion of digital engagement and participation among colleagues
  • Creativity of creation of online content
  • Leadership of engagement with the broader community

Strategic Communicator of the Year

  • Impact on advancing/shaping public knowledge/opinion over a year long period during the last three years
  • Development and execution of a strategic communications plan that moved forward an SFU institutional priority
  • Promotion of public relations participation among colleagues
  • Collaboration with SFU Communications and Marketing to achieve a strategic result

Any questions should be directed to Ivana Filipovic, Director of Operations and Service Excellence at SFU Communications & Marketing (ifilipov@sfu.ca).

Recent Blog Posts

  • Welcome Denver Lynxleg, Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator! January 17, 2018
    Denver Lynxleg, the new Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator, will be hosting a meet and greet at the Indigenous Student Centre (AQ 2002) on January 23rd from 11am-12 pm.

  • External Award: Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program January 16, 2018
    Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships (up to 12 months) to Canadians wishing to study abroad in China. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, language studies or a combination of studies and language studies at participating Chinese institutions. Apply by March 6, 2018.

  • Job Posting: Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship January 16, 2018
    The Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program pairs Canadian faculty members and PhD graduates with government organizations for 12-month policy projects. Apply by March 4, 2018.

View Posts by Category