Since the last blog, I am very pleased to say that Telling Stories went on to win the Association of Healthcare Communicators Communicating Healthcare Award 2009, for ‘Best use of New Media’. Myself, Emma (Tonkin) and Rhian (Morgan) attended the Awards Ceremony on behalf of the team. This was a very glitzy event (we three had to look up what ‘black tie’ meant) with stage, lights, music, cameras and two co-presenters – a bit like the Oscars!
We were actually thrilled to win, against a strong shortlist of six, and an impressive runner-up (having sized up the ‘opposition’ during the day). The judge, as well as being a journalist and teacher, is an expert on the use of the Live Web, and runs Internationale, a specialist agency that advises central government and public sector on web content strategy.
The AHC conference around the Awards Ceremony was held in Wales for the first time in its long history. Rhian and I both attended this, and have come away with some excellent tips and ideas for further improvement of the Telling Stories site, and more generally in relation to engaging people in our work. There were some excellent innovative interactive sessions, which also gave us ideas for our own workshops and education resources development.
The Telling Stories team all feel quite passionate about the site and its value in promoting understanding about genetics in healthcare – and it is great that an independent expert has endorsed it!
Rhian, Emma and Maggie accept the award