Judges rules – set of rules

PROPR Awards > Judges rules – set of rules

The PRO PR Globe Communication Achievement Awards take pride in maintaining a rigorous and impartial judging process, ensuring that only the most deserving projects are recognized for their excellence in the field of public relations. Our judging panel consists of distinguished experts and industry leaders who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the evaluation process.


1. Selection of judges:

1.1.  Judges are carefully selected based on their expertise, accomplishments, and contributions to the field of public relations and communications.

1.2. Before joining the jury, each member of the jury is obliged to sign a statement that he will evaluate the work solely based on his assessment and set criteria and that he will not evaluate his work,i.e. work for which he is employed or an associate, project or work of a company, or agency for public relations, institution or association in which the person is employed and the work of a company related to that company, institution or association in which he is employed or is employed by a person with whom the association of people is related. In this way, possible conflicts of interest are prevented. The members of the jury are obliged to report any potential conflict of interest to the Executive Director, who before the evaluation must state in the minutes exactly which members of the jury must be excluded from voting in which category and inform all members of the jury about this without specifying the reason for exclusion. Jury members who are unable to evaluate the project will be excluded from the evaluation of the entire category.

If a member of the jury has doubts about the issue of conflict of interest, they are obliged to request the opinion of the Executive Director, who must give his opinion within 72 hours. It is ethically unacceptable for candidates or project applicants in certain categories to lobby jury members for awarding awards, and for jury members to inform project applicants or award candidates about any part of the decision-making process. If informed of such a case, each member of the jury is obliged to submit a report to the Executive Director. This article applies to each award category.

1.3.  The PRO PR Globe Communication Achievement Awards organizing committee is committed to assembling a diverse panel that represents different sectors, regions, and specializations within the industry.

1.4. Each member of the jury will evaluate the submitted project independently and sovereignly, by their professional knowledge. A member of the jury who does not fulfill his predetermined obligations regarding research and participation in the jury cannot be re-elected to the jury. Appointed members of the jury must participate responsibly and professionally in the evaluation of tender works.

2. Expertise and Experience:

2.1.  Judges are industry professionals with a proven track record of success in public relations, corporate communications, and related fields.

2.2. They possess a deep understanding of industry trends, best practices, and the evolving landscape of communication.


3. Impartiality and Independence:

3.1. The judging panel is selected to ensure impartiality and independence in the evaluation process.

3.2. Judges are required to disclose any conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from evaluating entries with which they have a direct or indirect connection.


4. Confidentiality

4.1.    Judges adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines, ensuring that all information provided in the submissions remains confidential.

4.2. Discussions within the judging panel are confidential, and judges are committed to maintaining the integrity of the awards process.

4.3. Personal data collected by filling out the application form in the awarding process are processed following valid European and Croatian regulations relating to the protection of personal data, in particular by Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016, on the protection of individuals in connection with the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data and the repeal of Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation). The application form and other materials submitted to the public invitation are forwarded to the members of the jury to evaluate the works and are used to promote the projects and the awards received. Personal data (works and names and surnames of the persons involved) are kept permanently, and all other documentation is deleted and/or destroyed after 6 (six) months from the awarding of the award.


5. Evaluation Process

5.1.  Judges evaluate entries based on the established criteria, including creativity, strategic thinking, execution, measurable results, and other relevant factors.

5.2.  Each judge independently reviews and scores the entries, and the final decisions are based on a collective evaluation.

5.3. To start the project evaluation process for a particular category, at least 3 (three) valid applications must arrive within the stipulated period. In the case of one application within a category, the jury has the right to move the submitted project to another category, about which the applicant will be informed in writing.


6. Professional Integrity

6.1.  Judges uphold the highest standards of professional integrity throughout the evaluation process.

6.2.  They assess entries objectively, considering the merit of each project without bias or external influence.

6.3.  Feedback and Improvement.

6.4.  While individual feedback on specific entries may not be provided, the judging process aims to contribute to the continuous improvement of industry practices.

6.5. The PRO PR Globe Communication Achievement Awards organizing committee may seek input from judges to enhance the awards program in subsequent years.

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