The American Legion Expands Fourth Estate Awards

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The nation’s largest veterans organization announced today the expansion of its annual Fourth Estate Award program for excellence in journalism.

Beginning this year, The American Legion (www.legion.org) will award multiple prizes to recognize the outstanding achievements being made in print, broadcast and new media, or Online (Internet-based) media

The nation’s largest veterans organization announced today the expansion of its annual Fourth Estate Award program for excellence in journalism.

“Beginning this year, The American Legion (http://www.legion.org) will award multiple prizes to recognize the outstanding achievements being made in print, broadcast and new media, or Online (Internet-based) media,” said Robert L. Morrill, national chairman of the organization’s public relations commission. “The winner in each category will receive a $2,000 stipend to cover expenses and travel to accept the awards at the 2011 American Legion National Convention to be held in Minneapolis in August.”

A new entry form and updated entry rules and information have been posted on The American Legion Website at http://www.legion.org. The deadline for entering the 2010 competition is Jan. 31, 2011.

The expansion recognizes Internet journalism while affording print and broadcast achievements an opportunity to each be recognized every year.

Submissions are judged on quality of journalism and documentation which demonstrates that the work produced a positive effect or result.

“We invite journalists who have made a difference for the better in their community, state or nation to send us their entry,” Morrill said. “There is no entry fee and no single medium is limited as to the number of entries.”

Some past winners have included Newsweek Magazine, ABC News, Dateline NBC, USA Today and the Detroit News. The complete list can be found on The American Legion Website.

Contacts: Joe March or John Raughter (317) 630-1253.

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