National Restaurant Association Earns Bronze Telly Award for Social Media Training DVD

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Contact: Christin Fernandez (202) 331-5939, Rachel Salabes (202) 331-5997

(Washington, D.C.)  The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has been recognized as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for its best practices training DVD, “Being Social Media Smart.”  The DVD was released earlier this year as part of a three-disc set of tips on tough issues for restaurant operators.

Congratulations to our team members for their outstanding work creating an excellent resource for our operators in the foodservice industry,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association. “At the National Restaurant Association, we continuously strive to provide members with the tools they need to operate their businesses successfully, and we are very pleased to be recognized for this effort.”

Being Social Media Smart explains how social media platforms can allow private information to quickly become public, and that employees must know how to be responsible when representing themselves or their companies on those platforms. The training course covers the following five areas:

  • Being knowledgeable about how public and private networks intersect;

  • Understanding how one person’s posts affect others;

  • Protecting company confidentiality;

  • Learning to identify and avoid sharing dangerous information; and

  • Being respectful and never posting things about fellow coworkers or the company without permission.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.  “The National Restaurant Association’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 12,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

For more information about Being Social Media Smart and other training courses, visit the NRA’s ServSafe website.


Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 990,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13.5 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 16-19, 2015, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter ,  and YouTube.

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