Task Force 31 Annual Communications Awards

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The Task Force 31 Annual Communications Awards are awards listed below that are awarded on an annual basis for accomplishments in the communications arena through out the previous calendar year. These awards are awarded to all members of a chapter associated with Task Force 31 who are assigned to the chapter during the period covered by the award.

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TASK FORCE 31 ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS
Newsletter of the Year NEWSLETTER OF THE YEAR

Criteria:

The Newsletter of the Year presented to the Task Force 31 chapter newsletter that best demonstrates key aspects of journalistic quality. Regularity of publication, effectiveness and attractiveness of design and layout, and quality and relevance of content are among the aspects considered. Either print or electronic newsletters are eligible for this award. There are no longer separate awards for print and electronic newsletters. To be considered for this award, please send a minimum of two (2) different issues (if you would like to send more, please feel free to) to the Task Force 31 Communications Officer at usspawlowskico@gmail.com with “Task Force 31 Newsletter Award” in the subject line. If you are wishing to send a printed copy, please contact him at his e-mail address and he will send his mailing address to you. The recipient of this award shall be decided by the Task Force 31 Awards Committee.

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Website of the Year WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Criteria:

The Website of the Year Award will be issued for the best overall Website. In order for web pages to be considered for the Task Force 31 Website of the Year, the web page link has to be on the Task Force 31 website by December 31st before the judging starts on January 1st to be considered for the previous year award. Each chapter web master is responsible for making sure his/her URL link is correct wherever listed prior to December 31. Only sites about a Task Force 31 member, chapter or other Task Force 31 related item will be considered. Any other topic, even if done by a task force member, will be ineligible. The website must be authored or designed by a Task Force 31 member, though they may use any commercial or pre-existing software or resources available.

While the specific method of judging will be left up to the judges, the following criteria will be considered in selecting the winning web sites:

  • Technical Correctness: any broken links or bad spelling
  • Advanced Features: use of Java, JavaScript, streaming media, plug-ins etc.
  • Compatibility: can you use different web browsers or operating systems
  • Multimedia Appeal: effective use of graphics and web content
  • Efficiency: quick downloading and appropriate image formats
  • Design: intuitive interface and organization
  • Content: provides appropriate information
  • Freshness: any recent updates
  • Overall Appeal

You are encouraged to update your web sites before judging begins. Consult the Task Force 31 website for additional information. Task Foprce 31 winners are NOT forwarded to Starfleet for annual awards since they have their own system for determining winners.

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Publication of the Year

PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

Criteria:

This is for publications other than newsletters and the award has two categories.

  • Fanzines
  • Handbook

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