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AOPA opens 2003 Karant journalism competitionAOPA opens 2003 Karant journalism competition

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is accepting entries for the annual 2003 Max Karant Awards for Excellence in Aviation Reporting.

Journalists in the non-aviation-trade media are invited to submit examples of fair, accurate, and insightful reporting on civilian general aviation. One thousand dollar awards will be presented in four categories: print, television/cable-news or short feature, television/cable-program length, and radio.

Submissions must have been published or broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2002. 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. No entry fees apply.

Detailed rules and entry forms can be downloaded from the AOPA Web page. They may also 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 [email protected].

Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2003. Awards will be presented during AOPA Expo 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 30-November 1, 2003.

Established in 1990, the awards memorialize Max Karant, founder and longtime editor of AOPA Pilot magazine, with a circulation now exceeding 388,000. Karant's legacy is the demand for fair, accurate, and insightful reporting, a credo that he imposed upon himself.

Winners in 2002 included writer James Fallows for an article on how inventors, entrepreneurs, and government visionaries are teaming up to create a bright future for general aviation; television reporter Michele Cheplic for her story that captured the infectious joy that learning to fly can bring; and radio reporter Chris Lehman for a fair and balanced examination of the complex arguments for and against keeping Chicago's Merrill C. Meigs Field open.

AOPA is the world's largest civil aviation organization. More than 390,000 pilots, some two thirds of all pilots in the United States, are members. AOPA's mission since its founding in 1939 has been to protect the interests of all general aviation pilots.

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