Ragan Communications, the leading resource and
publisher of information about corporate and employee communication, has recognized
Duke among "the best of the best" for its employee communications.
Of more than 350
entries in Ragan's 2011 Employee Communications Awards, the "Working@Duke"
section of Duke Today won Best Employee Newsletter in the electronic
publication category, and "Working@Duke" won Best Employee Newsletter in the
print publication category.
In addition, "Working@Duke" received an honorable mention for Most Improved Publication
Design for a print publication. Duke's Office of Communication Services produces
the print and electronic publications.
Ragan award entries spanned the corporate and not-for-profit world and included names
such as General Electric, ESPN, Southwest Airlines, SAS, Quintiles and the Mayo
"We're delighted to
cast our spotlight on the best of the best," Ragan announced this week on Ragan.com. "We received hundreds of terrific entries in dozens of categories for online
and print publications and other corners of the communications universe; the
entries ran the gamut from heartfelt CEO letters to magazine issues done in 3-D."
In April 2011, a new
version of the Duke Today website launched with "News" and "Working@Duke"
sections, both with social networking tools, topic customization and a larger
selection of daily, real-time news from across the university. The new website was
done in collaboration
with the Office of News & Communications and Duke Web Services.
print publication also evolved last year to take a news magazine format
published every other month. The changes were part of Duke's ongoing efforts to
continually adjust and align internal communications to meet the needs of staff
"The role of internal
communications within organizations continues to grow in its importance," said
Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for Duke administration. "Being recognized as
best in class is a validation of the hard work, commitment and professionalism
of our communications team."
The Ragan award
winners and honorable mentions will be featured in a special edition of
Ragan.com in late March.