The USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s General Information Product won two 2020 National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil 1st place awards!

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Each year, the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) holds the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition, an international awards program that recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them. It is open to federal, tribal, military, state, regional, county, municipal, and all other government entities. 

During the NAGC’s virtual award ceremony on May 20th, 2020, the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s (WHCMSC’s) General Information Product (GIP) 191 won two 2020 NAGC Blue Pencil 1st place awards in the categories of Electronic Publication and Soft or Hard Book! 

Screen grab of GIP Report Cover

The GIP is a short book intended to pique interest in and explain the center’s research focus areas, its unique and various capabilities, and the value of the research, data, and tools in informing decisions about the use, management, and protection of coastal and marine resources. The design, which features big, vivid photos of scientists working in coastal and marine settings, invites readers to flip through and learn, through images and in plain language, who we are, what we do, how they can benefit from our services, and how they can work with us. The product should especially appeal to and inform residents of Cape Cod and other coastal regions, potential research partners, resource managers, government officials, and researchers at other U.S. Geological Survey offices. It is used at outreach events and meetings and is distributed at the center and by mail. This product will be updated every three years to ensure it remains up-to-date and useable. 

Screen grab of GIP Report Cover

The GIP was authored by WHCMSC Information Specialist Sara Ernst and the technical edit, layout, and printing was conducted by the USGS Science Publishing Network’s Jonas Casey-Williams, Susan Meacham, and Cathy Knutson. 

Screen grab of Coastal and Shelf GIP Report Cover

The team is honored to be recognized for creating a successful product.  

If you haven’t already, check out the award winning General Information Product: 

Ernst, S., 2019, Coastal and marine science of the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 191, 16 p.,   

Screen grab of GIP Report Cover


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