The Construction Media Alliance, which I believe is a successor to the defunct Construction Writers Association, exists on social media (Facebook and Twitter) but doesn’t appear to have its own website or “fixed address”. Nevertheless, the group issued the following news release in mid-March.
The Construction Media Alliance – a network of construction industry journalists, public relations professionals, marketers, publishers and social media contributors – announced the winners of its inaugural editorial and marketing awards at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. The winners were chosen by a panel of industry peers based on criteria set forth by the group’s volunteer-led awards committee.
Inaugural Construction Media Alliance Editorial & Marketing Award winners
Best Video Award: AGC of America
Best Ad Award: Sennebogen LLC/Marketing Strategies & Solutions, Inc.
Best Content Marketing Award: Doosan Construction Equipment/Two Rivers Marketing
Best Public/Media Relations Award: Kordata/Constructive Communication, Inc.
Best Social Media: John Deere Construction & Forestry/IMRE
Best Column Award: Bill Wilson, Roads & Bridges Magazine: “Flimsy Protects the Flesh”
Best Feature Award: Joanne Costin, Public Works: “How Not to Become the Next Flint”
Best Issue Award: Building Design + Construction Magazine, January 2016
Best Series Award: Building Design + Construction Magazine, “Tech 3.0” Series
Best of Show: Building Design + Construction
Industry Champion Award: Carla Biggs, public relations and trade media manager, HILTI North America
“We launched this organization in 2015 with this specific event in mind – the creation of a peer-recognized awards program that honors the work of our industry’s communicators,” says CMA volunteer Bill Elverman, director of public relations at PKA Marketing.
“The 2017 winners represent quality in communications skills, creativity in tackling industry issues, and a deft understanding of the topics and issues facing our industry today. It was an honor to recognize their work at CONEXPO.”
The Construction Media Alliance also announced a new award to honor the memory of Tudor Van Hampton, a longtime industry journalist and editor with Engineering News-Record who passed away in February. The organization announced that it would begin taking entries later this spring for the Tudor Van Hampton Award for Editorial Excellence, a new award aimed at honoring a single journalist’s body of work over the previous 12 months. There will be an entry fee to submit for the award, with all proceeds donated to charity.
“Tudor Van Hampton exhibited a dedication to his craft, a passion for his industry, and an unwavering desire to learn and understand as much about his subject as he could,” says Elverman. “He was a true journalist’s journalist, and he left an indelible mark on his publication, Engineering News-Record, and our industry. Naming this award after him is the most obvious way of honoring his legacy and ensuring that his impact and friendships with those in our industry are always recognized.”