The city of Surprise Marketing and Communications Department earned first- and second-place wins in the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors’ (NATOA) Annual Government Programming Awards.
Surprise took first place in the category of “Best COVID-19 Update/Virtual Production” for its virtual MLK Day of Celebration and Service.
The video is a nearly hour-long production of the city’s annual MLK Day of Celebration and Service, which was pivoted from in-person to virtual due to COVID-19. It honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and features interviews, including civil rights leader and former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, and a variety of musical performances.
The city took second place in the category of “Military Production” for its Veterans Reflection Circle video.
The three-minute video tells the impactful story of the city’s Veterans Reflection Circle, an outdoor memorial built in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing.
NATOA’s awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. Learn about the awards at NATOA.org/government-programming.
The Surprise Marketing and Communications Department communicates the goals and activities of the city government via the web, quarterly Surprise Progress Magazine, Surprise TV, media releases, social media and advertisements.