PiCamp: Come help us shape next year’s Slugger Awards?

At PICamp, we want to kick off our planning for the 2009 Slugger Awards. The aim, again, is to highlight examples of good representation and best practice in politics and government. And being evangelists for a new kind of conversational politics, a willingness and an ability to be more interactive will always figure fairly highly in our criteria for winning all of the awards.

Last year, we had the following award categories:

– MLA of the Year
– Up-and-coming politician of the year
– Journalism award
– Representatives external to Northern Ireland
– Local council of the year
– Local Newspaper of the year
– Councillor of the year
– Committee chair of the year
– Political blogger of the year

… and finally, The Jobsworth Award

You can see a list of last years’ winners here: http://sluggerawards.com/2008/10/14/and-the-winners-for-2008/

… and you can download our beautiful ‘Impact Report’ (PDF) here: http://sluggerawards.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/slugger-awards-impact-report-final_low_res.pdf

Last year, we introduced each award individually in a post on Slugger and we collected nominations in our comments threads.

We needed to whittle these nominations down into a shortlist and a winner for each one. For this, we collected together a group of judges who convened over a period of weeks online, and then in the flesh at a coffee-fuelled judges meeting one Sunday lunchtime in October.


The winners were picked and announced by comedian Tim McGarry at a glittering society evening that you were all invited to at the Odyssey Centre.

At picamp, we want to hold a session with you to see if we could do any of this better? Remember, our objective is to reward innovation, cleverness and hard work in the political sphere that we cover here on Slugger.

If we could do it in a better way, we want to hear about it.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty