Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications, (916) 654-9937
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has captured 19 awards in the State Information Officers Council’s (SIOC) statewide competition for excellence in government communications. DFG earned eight gold awards, three silver and eight honorable mentions, making it the top winner of the year’s competition.
Gold Awards (Category):
Outdoor California, January-February issue (Magazine)
Outdoor California, September-October issue (Special Publication)
“I’m With the Band” t-shirt design (Promotional Device)
Mountain Lion Capture (Photography)
Public Safety Wildlife Video (Training DVD or Documentary)
“Cougar Population Declines” (Opinion)
“Wildlife Experts Issue Warning about Controlling Rodent Pests with Poison” (News Release)
California Outdoors Q&A Column (Other Web Resources)
Outdoor California, November-December issue (Calendar)
2010 Warden Stamp design (Promotional Device)
“Could the Gulf Happen Here?” (Poster)
“Understanding the Predator-and-Prey Relationship” (Feature)
“Through the Gates of Spenceville Wildlife Area” (Feature)
“Southern Sea Otters: Stuck in Recovery” (Feature)
“Guarding the Port of Entry” (Feature)
“A Spirit of Cooperation: 20 years of Prevention in California” (Feature)
“Beneficial Bats Battle Bad Image . . . and a New Threat” (News Release)
“What Wardens Do: Marijuana Eradication” (Outreach and Education DVD)
“Preventing the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease” (Outreach and Education DVD)
Individual DFG communications professionals honored included Information Officers Dana Michaels, Kyle Orr and Carol Singleton; Graphic Designer Meredith Fleener; Videographer Matt Elyash; Marketing Specialists Harry Morse and Troy Swauger; Supervising Information Officer Kirsten Macintyre; Associate Biologist Carrie Wilson; and Staff Services Manager Alexia Retallack.
Also named on the awards as co-authors or co-producers were DFG Warden Patrick Foy and Captain Mark Lucero, and DFG biologists David A. Jessup and Doug Updike.
The annual SIOC awards competition honors employees of state agencies and departments for their achievements in media relations, audio-visual production and more. Contest entrants included state information officers, public relations representatives and other government communications experts.
Also of note, Associate Biologist Carrie Wilson was recently awarded two top honors from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization for professional outdoor communicators from California and surrounding western states. Wilson received a second place award in the Best Freelance Work category for her feature article “Injured Women Veterans Celebrated with Pig Hunt.” She also received a third place in the Best Website category for her California Outdoors Q&A column.