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Maroon & Gold Awards are updated each year as a new awards committee is formed. Below are the types of awards to be given.
As the Communicators Forum’s highest honor, four Gold Awards are given for the best single entry into each of the Campaign/Series, Interactive, Design, and Writing categories.
Maroon Awards are given to entries deemed by the judges to be of exceptional merit.
One MARGO Award is bestowed for the most elegant solution within the means available – the highest impact for the lowest dollar amount. Smart ways to get the most out of a small budget will be honored from any of the above categories and subcategories. The department responsible for producing the winning entry receives $500 for professional development of communications staff.
One MIKE Award is chosen by popular vote. Entries will be viewed and judged digitally by Communicators Forum members. Any communications pieces can be submitted for MIKE award consideration. The traveling trophy is engraved and presented for display in the department’s offices for one year.
Entries for the best use of the University of Minnesota branding efforts. This award will be judged for effectiveness; consistent and excellent identity, message, and design; synergy and balance among all elements and between content and design; creative and original approach to clearly defined audience(s); technical execution; and distribution strategies. Entries may consist of pieces in one or more medium.