More than 150 titles were entered in this year’s South African Publication Forum Publication Competition, widely regarded as the most prestigious of its kind in the corporate publishing industry. At the awards ceremony held on 14 September 2012, Unisa’s publications featured prominently in most categories, no mean feat considering that the competition included blue-chip companies such as luxury motoring marque, Mercedes-Benz South Africa and mining giant, Exxaro.
Unisawise, the university’s biannual publication aimed at external audiences and stakeholders, scored a hat trick by being named finalist in the categories Best External Magazine, Best Corporate Publication and Best Publication Cover, and was also awarded a certificate of merit for Excellence in Design. Inspired, Unisa’s biannual student newspaper, was named finalist in the Best Newspaper category, and received certificates of merit for Excellence in Writing, Excellence in Communication and Excellence in Design. Focus, the university’s monthly staff newsletter, was awarded certificates of merit for Excellence in Writing and Excellence in Design. The publication Celebrating teaching and learning at Unisa, published on the occasion of the 2011 Teaching and Learning Festival, was awarded a certificate of merit for Excellence in Communication.
The adjudication panel comprised seasoned industry specialists in communication and design, and Unisa received comprehensive written and oral feedback on all its entries. “Far from regarding the various accolades as validation of our standards, we use the feedback received to fine-tune our publications to reflect industry best practices and standards,” said Nancy-Anne Anderson, Managing Editor: Communications Directorate and 2011 winner in the Editor of the Year category. “The event also provides us with an invaluable opportunity to network with our peers in the industry. This assists greatly in keeping abreast of the latest communication and design trends on a national basis.”
The Executive Director: Department of Corporate Communication and Marketing, Dr Marié Ferreira, commented that these awards, combined with the Marketing, Advancement & Communication in Education (MACE) awards, provided the department with well-rounded input from both industry and peers in the education sector. “Unisa’s continued good performance in these national competitions serves as positive encouragement, yet also provides us with insights into possible areas of improvement for our wide array of publications,” she said. “The positive feedback also reaffirms Unisa’s commitment to ensuring that our various stakeholders are continuously updated on achievements at the university, in keeping with the King III principles on stakeholder relationship management.”