GCA to document best government communication practices

SHARJAH, — A total of 23 submissions that were named as winners by the Sharjah Government Communication Award (GCA) in its past three editions will be documented in a book, the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) announced on Tuesday.

Titled ‘Best Practices in Government Communication’, the publication will be available for distribution at the GCA pavilion during the sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017), which will be held on 22nd and 23rd March at the Expo Centre Sharjah.

Asma Al Juwaied, Manager of the Sharjah Government Communication Award, said, “The book will highlight the approach in each case study by describing the winning submissions, showcasing the communication practices that were implemented, clarifying goals and outlining conclusions. The book will mention the submissions that won the award in each category, as well as the name of each winning entity. It will also shed light on how every submission was aligned with the criteria of each category.”

“The publication will prove a valuable resource for government communication specialists and those focussing on government excellence. It will also serve as an important academic reference to media and communication schools with its incisive analysis of practical cases. On the professional level, the book will present various examples of government communication practices,” she added.

She hoped the book would help encourage more symbiotic research projects on government communication as a professional career while raising interest in the subject in the UAE and abroad.

The book project is the result of collaboration between the SGMB and eminent academic institutions and industry experts. The team that worked on compiling the book included Professor Mohammad Ayish, Dean of the College of Communication at the American University of Sharjah, Dr. Aysha Al Busmait, author and journalist, Dr Ahmed Farouk Radwan, Assistant Professor in the College of Communication at the University of Sharjah, and Dr. Sharifah Rahmatullah Suleiman, Director of the Media Centre at the University of Sharjah.

Since its launch in 2012 under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah Government Communication Award has highlighted the accomplishments of individuals and institutions in the government communication sector.

The first-of-its-kind in the region, the award recognises local and regional efforts by groups and individuals working in the government communication field.

Source: Emirates News Agency