Having been blown away by the ingenuity of Britain's corporate communicators during the pandemic with our first CovidComms Awards, we are now looking to celebrate their peers' work across the Irish Sea.
CorpComms Magazine has partnered with leading comms search agency Addison to celebrate the phenomenal work that comms professionals in Ireland have produced under these most challenging, and enduring, circumstances.
The expertise, insights and resilience of communicators have been called upon like never before. From a standing start, often without playbooks, they have responded to their organisation’s needs. Job titles have been discarded, as colleagues roll up their sleeves to tackle whatever task is thrown their way. Decision making processes have been truncated. New collaborations have been fostered. Old approaches are out, new and evolving ones are in. Authenticity is the key.
And communicators have done it all without their usual support networks, relying on new - and often unfamiliar - platforms while coping with home schooling, lockdown fever, dodgy broadband and a seemingly endless ‘to do’ list.
Across every sector and industry, communicators have risen to the challenge, but as the ‘new normal’ becomes the ‘normal’ they will get swept up with the next challenge and the small victories and achievements of the past few months will become distant - and fading - memories.
The CovidComms Awards have been designed to capture these memories - to create an enduring record of the comms work from this period, to explore the lessons learned and to celebrate its brilliance. Each category in this one-off celebration relates to the unique challenges posed by the pandemic and a nationwide lockdown. But, some may be surprised to find there is no specific crisis management category; in our view, this has all been an exercise in crisis management.
In recognition, that the tough times are not quite behind us, we have made the entry process as simple as possible and cut our standard fees by more than half - demonstrating our support for the industry. And we’ll cap it all with an online awards party like no other before!