Prize announced for young public affairs professional

Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith

The PRCA has announced details of the second annual Douglas Smith Prize for young public affairs professional of the year.

The award is accompanied by a £500 prize, in memory of PRCA founding fellow Douglas Smith.

Applicants should submit an article of no more than 600 words in length on the following subject:

Together in the national interest: what coalition meant for our industry?

The submission should be supported by a 300 word endorsing statement by someone you work with on a day-to-day basis. This will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative approach to public affairs
  • Enthusiasm and dedication
  • Contribution to team morale and ethos
  • Willingness to pass on knowledge / mentoring
  • Contribution to politics and community outside of work

Applications must be sent to by 17:00 Wednesday 29th October. Applicants must be 27 or younger on the date of closing.

A shortlist will be announced Friday 14th November.

Interviews for the perspective candidates later that month and the winner will be announced at the PRCA Public Affairs Christmas Party at the very start of December.

Simon Pugh, Senior Account Director at Weber Shandwick, who will be one of the PA Group judges, has blogged on what makes a good young public affairs professional.

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