The Blacksmith Awards, presented by the Cincinnati chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, honor the best of Greater Cincinnati’s public relations community, from talented, experienced practitioners to stellar work that has local, national and international impact.

2017 Blacksmith Awards


We’re thrilled – we’ve hit ‘refresh’ on the Blacksmiths, and we’ve come back with what we believe is a stronger and more prestigious contest, with new categories, new judging criteria, new award levels, and a new platform that will make entering and judging contests easier!

Thank you for your interest in the Blacksmith Awards. Our entry period has now ended. For those who have applied, awards are being judged by our partner chapter. Once judging is complete, all entrants will receive a message on the status of their entries.

In the meantime, save the date for the Blacksmith Awards ceremony. The event will be held the evening of Thursday, November 16 at The Center (formerly the Contemporary Arts Center) downtown. Event details are still being finalized, but as soon as they are ready, we will post more information on this page, including information on registration and ticket prices. We look forward to seeing you there as we honor the best of the best.


Jackie Koopman and Kathleen Williams, APR, co-chairs
Sarah Sampson
Emily Linginfelter


If you are interested in being a 2017 Blacksmith Awards sponsor, please contact Connor Wall for information on packages and opportunities.

Thank you to our 2017 Blacksmith Awards sponsors:

MANMAN Design & Photography - Platinum Sponsor

McHales Events & Catering - Platinum Sponsor

Scooter Media - Platinum Sponsor

Vehr Communications - Platinum Sponsor

Western & Southern - Platinum Sponsor

Wordsworth Communications - Platinum Sponsor

Western & Southern - Platinum Sponsor

Gail Myers Public Relations - Gold Sponsor

Intrinzic - Silver Sponsor

Prestige - Silver Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Past Winners:

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009