AOPA opens 2005 Karant journalism competition

November 30, 2004

AOPA opens 2005 Karant journalism competition

AOPA is accepting entries for the annual 2005 Max Karant Awards for Excellence in General Aviation Reporting. The awards recognize fair, accurate, and insightful reporting on any aspect of general aviation flying. The competition is open to all journalists (except those reporting for the aviation-trade media).

Winners in 2004 included television reporter John Miller and videographer Tom Bishop (KING-TV, Seattle, Washington) for the story of an aviation museum program through which troubled young people can rebuild their lives while restoring aircraft ( view the story); radio reporter Hal Cannon and producer Taki Telonidis (Western Folklife Center/National Public Radio, Elko, Nevada) for their fascinating report on the Wright brothers, using rare recordings of family members and friends who knew the pioneers well ( listen to the story); and newspaper editors John Bowman and Eric Simons ( San Mateo County Times, San Mateo, California) for a special pull-out section on the Centennial of Flight highlighting local as well as national and worldwide aviation milestones. ( View the 2004 awards presentation.)

Submissions must have been published or broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2004. Participants may submit up to three entries or series of entries, which will be judged by the Karant Awards Committee comprised of media and aviation experts. Previous cash award winners are ineligible. There is no entry fee.

One-thousand-dollar awards will be presented in each of four categories: print, radio, television/cable -news or short feature, and television/cable - program length. The presentations will be made in front of 1,200 AOPA members and guests at the Opening Day Luncheon during AOPA Expo 2005 in Tampa, Florida, November 3-5, 2005.

Detailed rules and entry forms can be downloaded from the AOPA Web site. They also may be requested from Patricia L. Rishel by mail at AOPA Communications Division, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701, by telephone at 301/695-2157, or by e-mail at pat.rishel@aopa.org.

Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2005.

Established in 1990, the awards memorialize Max Karant, a pioneer investigative journalist in Chicago. Karant later founded and was the longtime editor of AOPA Pilot magazine, the world's most widely read aviation magazine with a circulation now exceeding 400,000. Karant's legacy is the demand for fair, accurate, and insightful reporting, a credo that he imposed upon himself.

November 30, 2004