News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
April 25, 2011
Ann Marie Cumming

Deadline Approaching for Freedom of Speech PSA College Competition

--Submissions due by April 30--

WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) are accepting entries from college communications students for a public service announcement (PSA) competition that highlights the importance of free speech.

The 30 second radio and television spots must address "What freedom of speech means to me." The 2011 PSA competition will also include a new mobile category that should address the same theme in a 10-15 second PSA formatted for mobile devices. Videos must be in mp4 or 3gp format.

Winning entries will receive scholarship prizes in the following amounts:

Radio 1st place: $3,000 Television 1st place: $3,000 Mobile 1st place: $3,000
Radio 2nd place: $2,000 Television 2nd place: $2,000 Mobile 2nd place: $2,000
Radio 3rd place: $1,000 Television 3rd place: $1,000 Mobile 3rd place: $1,000

First place winners will be honored in October during the Society of Professional Journalists Convention and National Journalism Conference held in Las Vegas. Additionally, winning PSAs will be distributed to radio and television stations to air at their discretion. The entries will also be distributed through social media outlets, NAB Spot Center and on the First Amendment Center's One For All website, where students and faculty can view curriculum for First Amendment dialogue in the classrooms.

Major support for this program is provided by the McCormick Foundation. The entry form and additional competition details are available here.

The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinforcing the future of broadcasting through a commitment to education and to advancing excellence in the diversity and community service efforts of our industry. Learn more at

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