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AOPA opens 2004 Karant journalism competitionAOPA opens 2004 Karant journalism competition

AOPA opens 2004 Karant journalism competition

Feb. 19, 2004 - The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is accepting entries for the annual 2004 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, 2003. 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 www.aopa.org/special/karant/. 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 to [email protected].

Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2004. Awards will be presented during AOPA Expo 2004 in Long Beach, Calif., October 21-23, 2004.

Established in 1990, the awards memorialize Max Karant, founder and longtime editor of AOPA Pilot 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.

Winners in 2003 included newspaper reporter Larry K. Randy for a series of articles on how Chicago's suburbs have embraced their general aviation airports; television producer Mark Erskine for a gripping story of a pilot who was lost in the clouds and how he worked with an air traffic controller to avoid flying into some of the highest peaks in America; radio reporter Kim Green for her report on efforts to draw more women into aviation; and co-producers Belle Adler and Brad White for an hour-long documentary on aerobatic pilots from the United States helping Kenyan wildlife rangers improve their flying skills for protection against heavily armed poachers.

AOPA is the world's largest civil aviation organization. More than 400,000 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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