PRCA reveals Reginald Watts Prize for Insight shortlist

The PRCA is pleased to announce the shortlist for the annual Reginald Watts Prize for Insight.

The prize saw PR and communications practitioners aged 25 or under enter essays of up to 1,000 words on the following question: ‘How is today the best or worst of times for public relations and communications?’

The shortlisted entrants are:

  • Edward Halliday MPRCA, Senior Account Executive, Ovid Health
  • Emma Neville MPRCA, APCO Worldwide
  • Hugh Royle MPRCA, Junior Account Executive, Frank PR
  • Jake Owen Sadler, Junior Account Executive, ITPR
  • Louisa Hood MPRCA, Account Executive, Street & Co
  • Olivia Butcher MPRCA, Account Executive, The Romans
  • Sophie McGinness MPRCA, Assistant Client Executive, Racepoint Global

The PRCA received over 30 entries this year and the winner will receive the Reginald Watts Prize, along with a £500 bursary.

All the finalists are invited to attend the awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday, 16th October, 2019.

The shortlist was decided by a judging panel of Alexandra Cardenas MPRCA, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, The Law Society; Andy Green MPRCA, Founder, StoryStartsHere; Grace MacDougall, Senior Account Executive, Crest Communications, and Reginald watts Prize 2018 winner; and Maja Pawinska Sims, Associate Editor (EMEA), The Holmes Report.

Entries were judged on their demonstration of intelligence, and the forward-looking viewpoints displayed.

Following the passing of former PRCA Chairman, CIPR President, and UK CEO of Burson Marsteller, Reginald Watts FPRCA in April 2016, this annual prize commemorates his thought leadership, writing, and forethought.

Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said: “This is the fourth year we have awarded this prize in honour of the esteemed and much-missed Reggie Watts. I am continually impressed with the high calibre of entries. The shortlisted candidates should be extremely proud of themselves. I would also like to thank our judges for dedicating their valuable time to this process. Reggie’s vibrancy, instinctive inquisitiveness, and love of the industry live on via this prestigious Prize.”

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