The Fourth Estate Award Call for Entries

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The Fourth Estate Award is presented annually by The American Legion to a publication, broadcast organization, and online (Internet-based) media for outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. Winners are expected to attend the presentation of the award at the American Legion 100th National Convention which will be held August 24 – 30, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A $2,000 stipend accompanies each award, to defray expenses of the recipients accepting the award at The American Legion National Convention in August. Individual award pylons are presented to the principal contributors, in addition to a large organizational award.

Deadline

The deadline for entry is March 1, 2018.

Entries

There is no entry fee

Download entry form .pdf

Submit Fourth Estate Award entries to:

The American Legion
Media & Communications
Attn: John Raughter
700 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Entry Rules

Entries must have been published or broadcast during the calendar year immediately preceding the date the award is given.

Subject matter must deal with a topic or issue of national interest or concern; submissions must include documented evidence or a statement from the entrant describing how the work brought about change for the better or had a positive, measurable societal impact. Each entry must include a cover letter explaining the entry.

Originals must be submitted for all print entries. Audio CD for radio entries and DVD, digital format or website for television entries are required. Internet media products should include print pages of applicable sites as well as the URLs. Individuals, publications, and broadcast organizations may submit as many entries as they like, but each entry must be accompanied by its own cover letter on company letterhead with the signature of the submitting authority, the submission form and any supporting documentation.

Judges

All entries will be judged by members of The American Legion Media & Communications Commission. All entries become the property of The American Legion. Non-winning entries will be discarded unless specific return instructions have been provided.

Past Winners

The Fourth Estate Award has been given annually by The American Legion since 1958. All winners from 1958 through 2017 are listed at the bottom of The Fourth Estate Award page.

WDCB Competition Awards Banquet and Networking Night a Smashing Success!

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This blog post is republished with permission from the author, our own Dr. Ugur Akinci. The original posting was on his website, the Technical Communication Center.

STC Washington D.C. – Baltimore Chapter (STC WDCB) had a successful Competition Awards Banquet and Networking Night yesterday (13 March 2013) at Carmine's, one of the premiere Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The winners of the chapter's 2012-2013 Technical Communication Summit Awards were honored for their superior work. It was a great uplifting occasion, a unique opportunity to appreciate some of the best examples of technical communication while enjoying great food and sampling Carmine's delicious house wine.

Here is the full list of all the winners.

On display were all the competition winning documents, including a website that displayed on the flat-screen monitor. The guests could get their hands on some of the best work in our profession, appreciate their quality, and read snippets of what our judges had to say.

It surely was a magical night and a great opportunity to broaden our network and make new friends.

Here are some selected visual highlights from the banquet and awards ceremony:

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If you weren’t there we hope you can join us next year…

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Best of Show award winners Lisa Hylton (L) and Scott Tillett (R) of National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) – Washington Operations receiving their award from Carolyn Kelley Klinger (middle), STC WDCB Past President, for their publication From Research to Reality — A Missile Defense Agency Technology Applications Report. The exquisite publication was as close to anyone will ever get to a flawless printed document. Other members of the winning team are Joe Singleton and Joan Zimmermann who unfortunately couldn't make it to the banquet. Fantastic job NTTC!

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The winning competition entries were on display for the appreciation of the banquet participants.

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The chapter judges were delighted to receive so many high-quality entries this year…

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Viqui Dill, our chapter’s indefatigable Social Media Manager and a competition judge, did a wonderful job as MC during the icebreaker opening of the banquet.

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Members of the Best Student Entry Team from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia were among those honored at the banquet. Team members included Rachel Chuang, Esther Wang, George Wang, Tina Ju, Kinsey Moser, Allison Wang, Zeming Lin, Pali Singh, Melanie Kim, Jacqueline Speiser, and Stephanie Melendez. The award winner Teknos: The Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology is the kind of publication that should be studied and emulated by all technical publication teams across the country. John Woodwell, the faculty sponsor, said the reason why the team participates in the contest frequently is because of the high-quality feedback and review notes that they receive from hard-working STC WDCB judges.

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Rebecca Jung of Westinghouse Electric Company received her Award of Excellence for Guide for Effective Corporate and Technical Writing. Good job Rebecca!

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Mary Saunders, Nancy Mulé, and Tiffany Newland of American Woodmark Corporation receiving theirAward of Merit for Work Center Manager Online Help. Mary Saunders, our chapter’s Secretary, has also served this year as a competition judge (many thanks!).

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Another proud and happy winner: Lauren Anthone of National Cancer Institute (NCI) accepted her Award of Merit for National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Reporting Program Registration Site User's Guide.Lauren, well done!

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Veteran technical communicator and long-time chapter leader Charlotte Glenn received her well-deserved STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award from our Past President Carolyn Klinger. For this competition, Charlotte Glenn also served as Competition Co-Manager and Entries Manager. Charlotte, thank you!

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Another STC veteran, Annette Reilly, performed superbly and did all the heavy lifting as our Competition Manager. Annette, thank you!

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Our Past President Carolyn Klinger sharing a tender moment with her friend Viqui Dill as she presented STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award for Viqui's tireless volunteer work on behalf of our members. Viqui, thank you!

Also receiving the prestigious Distinguished Chapter Service Award in absentia was Eric Anest, our Chapter Past Treasurer and an all-around good guy. Eric, thank you!

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Did we mention that Carmine's got the best pasta in the whole wide world?!

View all the photos on our Flickr account.

Congratulations to Our Int’l Tech Pubs Competition Winners!

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We are pleased to announce that all seven of our entries to the International Communication Technical Publications Competition won awards this year. One of them also won Best of Show! See 2008-2009 Competition Winners Lists for all our local competitions winners. Winners of the international competitions were on display at the Annual Conference (Technical Summit) in May. See past international winners at https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-winners-wdcb/.

Winners List

  • Technical Publications
    • Best of Show & Distinguished: "Putting Theory into Practice: A Best Practices Approach to Developing Tax Instructions"; Contributers: Dr. Rita Roosevelt, Rasika Krishna, Eric Spears, and Erin Schmieder; Company: Kleimann Communication Group, Inc.
    • Distinguished: "NCRR Reporter"; Contributers: Lamont Williams, Palladian Partners; Joyce McDonald, NCRR; and Michael Fleishman, Palladian Partners; Company: Palladian Partners, Inc.
    • Distinguished: "VisionContent: Retriever for Reports Documentation Set "; Contributer: John Tremblay; Company: Metavante Image Solutions
    • Excellence: "Altarum Annual Report 2007"; Contributers: Liz Ritter, Marijka Lischak, and Mary Joscelyn; Company: Altarum Institute
    • Excellence: "NCRR Strategic Plan 2009-2013"; Contributers: Lamont Williams, Karen Eddleman, and Joan Barbour; Company: Palladian Partners, Inc.
    • Excellence: "Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Water Sector"; Contributers: Jack Eisenhauer, Katie Jereza, and Julie Chappell; Comapny: Energetics Incorporated
    • Merit: "Pictures of the Future (Spring and Fall 2008 editions)"; Contributer: Arthur F. Pease; Company: Siemens AG