2018 Golden Post Award Finalists

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Golden Post AwardsThank you to all of the agencies and citizens who took the time to submit an entry for the Government Social Media Golden Post Awards! The award committee reviewed 175 entries to select finalists in five categories. The winners in each category will be revealed during a ceremony at the 2018 Government Social Media Conference (GSMCON) in Denver, Colorado on April 25, 2018.

The finalists are listed in random order.

Outstanding Social Media Results Finalists

2nd Place – Eau Claire Police Department, WI | Scamming the Scammer: Police Officer outs IRS Scam

City of Orlando Police Department, FL | Good Night Lights

City of West Hollywood, CA | WeHoTV News restructured into NewsBytes

1st Place – NYC311 – City of New York, NY | @NYC311 Expansion to 24/7 Service 

3rd Place – Lawrence Kansas Police Department | Fight the Clowns recruitment campaign


Best Use of Humor on Social Media Finalists

Laguna Beach Police Department, CA | Crime Reports with a Literary Twist

1st Place – City of Los Angeles, CA | Graphics Designer job post

3rd Place – City of Walla Walla, WA | Iced Pipes Baby video

Lawrence Kansas Police Department | I’m sorry Blake, this is awkward, but that’s not a police car

2nd Place – Fort Worth Police Department, TX | Chewbacca ‘Rookiee’ video


Best Use of Crowdsourcing Finalists

2nd Place – Washington Emergency Management Division | How do you ShakeOut? video contest

City of Plano, TX | Call for help reuniting crash victims with displaced puppy

3rd Place – Washington State Department of Transportation | Ferries Schedule Photo Contest

1st Place – Oakland County, Michigan Government | Crowdsourced Holiday Lights Map spreads more than holiday cheer

City of Mesa, AZ | Imagine Mesa campaign 


Social Media Crisis Communications Finalists

2nd Place – Chatham Emergency Management Agency, GA | Hurricane Irma: Chatham County’s Story

1st Place – City of Las Vegas, NV | Las Vegas In The Wake Of The October 1 Shooting

3rd Place – Sarasota County Government, FL | Partners Unite as Hurricane Irma Strikes


Government Social Media Policy Finalists

2nd Place – Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

3rd Place – Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA

1st Place – Port of San Diego, CA


Social Media Strategy in Solving Crime

This category is being withdrawn this year due to not receiving sufficient entries. Other categories received a large number of entries – a 40% increase from 2017. We will restructure the Solving Crime category for the 2019 competition to encourage greater participation by focusing on social media in crime prevention efforts.


2018 Awards Timeline

Contest Open: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Entry Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018 at midnight PT
Finalists Announced: Monday, March 26, 2018
Winners Named: GSMCON2018 Awards Ceremony (2:45pm-4pm) on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Attendance at GSMCON isn’t required for finalists. Winners will be presented with awards at the event, so try to register if you can! If you can’t attend, your agency will receive the trophy or plaque in the mail. If you have any questions about the Golden Post Awards, please contact Government Social Media at (888) 803-9401 ext. 11 or email hello@gsmcon.com.