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Since 1995 the Public Relations Association Austria (PRVA) has been annually honoring the communicator of the year - a personality who communicates complex, socially relevant topics without being a PR professional. Since 2020 was strongly shaped by the pandemic outbreak and a large number of the nominated people are active in the field of medicine and science, this year the PRVA is also awarding a KdJ special prize for particularly clear and understandable communication on and about COVID-19.
We are very pleased that with Niki Popper, the director of DEXHELPP has been nominated for this award for his work of the last few months (vote here).
An eight-person jury with representatives from journalism and PR made a number of suggestions, and the three nominees in each of the two categories now put themselves to the online voting. The public will decide who will be honored on May 4th at the Austrian Communication Day. You can vote here up to and including April 21st.
In addition to Niki Popper, virologist Elisabeth Puchhammer-Stöckl and infectiologist Christoph Wenisch were nominated for the special COVID communicator award of 2020. For the “regular” communicator of the year 2020, the teacher, book author and educational activist Melisa Erkurt, the grande dame of the Salzburg Festival, Helga Rabl-Stadler, and the founder of educational psychology, Christiane Spiel, are available to choose from (in alphabetical order).