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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2009
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NABEF and BEA Announce Free Speech PSA Contest for College Students

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 PSA entries can be in radio or television format and should be 30 seconds in length. The spots must respond to the topic, "What freedom of speech means to me." Winning entries will receive the following prizes in scholarship money:

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

Major support for this program is provided by the McCormick Foundation. In addition to the scholarship prizes, winning PSA entries will be made available to radio and television stations nationwide for airing at their discretion.

The Call for Entries closes April 30, 2009. For further details and entry form click here.

About NABEF
The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy and timely broadcasting issues.

About BEA
The Broadcast Education Association is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. There are currently almost 1,600 faculty, student, institutional and professional members.

About McCormick Foundation
The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its five grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, and three world-class museums, the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. It was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charities, with more than $1 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.McCormickFoundation.org.

About NAB The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. As the voice of more than 8,300 radio and television stations, NAB advances their interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.