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Frontline wins plaudits at Trades Union Congress communication awards

17 July 2014 - 11:04am

The team behind Frontline was commended at the TUC’s annual communication awards, held in London on 9 July.

TUC awards 2014 - Frontline - Lynn Eaton and TUC Pres Mohammad Taj

Lynn Eaton, managing editor of Frontline and head of CSP member communications and TUC president Mohammad Taj

The judges included Keith Ames, head of communications at the Musicians’ Union, Corby MP Andy Sawford and Mark Ellis, the Daily Mirror’s industrial correspondent.

Commending the CSP magazine in the ‘best publication’ category, they said: ‘The features make good use of illustrations and headlines to pull in the reader, and an excellent directory of events underlines the breadth of the union’s work at a regional and local level.’

The production was ‘bright and engaging’, with ‘lots of input by and about members, which makes for an inclusive feel’, while a profile of the CSP’s outgoing chief executive Phil Gray was ‘a strong and powerful life story’, the judges said. 

Meanwhile, in the best photo/illustration category, Frontline produced ‘an excellent attention-grabbing front cover’ in an issue about members’ employment rights.

And the CSP website was praised for offering ‘simple tabs for easy navigation and a large amount of up-to-date information’.

CSP chief executive Karen Middleton said the TUC award was ‘a great recognition’ of the team’s hard work and creativity.

A high standard of entries

There were 96 entries from 21 unions. In the best publication category the shop workers' union USDAW and the actors’ union Equity took first and second prize respectively. Joint third place went to the CSP and Nautilus International.

Presenting the awards Paul Nowak, TUC assistant general secretary, said: ‘With continued pressure on wages and working conditions, there are a wide range of issues for unions to cover in their campaigns and their publications.

‘Once again, these awards showcase the incredibly high standard of work being produced by unions on behalf of their members. It is fantastic to see that the quality is so high, despite tightening budgets.’

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