- Major H.H. (Hap) Arnold award for Communication Excellence
- The Hap Arnold award is given annually to the public affairs team who provides the most effective communication support for an Air Force event.
- The Maj. H.H. (Hap) Arnold award was named for the only Air Force Public Affairs officer to attain the rank of General of the Air Force. As a major, General Arnold was chief of the Information Division in the Office of the Chief of Air Corps, where he used his position to advocate for air power
- [above quotes from "Global Strike Public Affairs wins Hap Arnold Award for Public Communication Excellence" by Stevanovich, Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs, 29 Jun 2010]
- U.S. Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame - Class of 2005 includes General of the Army (then Major) Douglas MacArthur
- Major Douglas MacArthur was the Army’s first formally assigned Public Affairs Officer in 1916 and he was charged to set up the Army’s first bureau of information.
- The Museum of Public Relations
- Newseum, Washington, D.C.
- Hemingway on War and Its Aftermath, by Putnam, in Prologue, Spring 2006, Vol. 38, No. 1 - the National Archives
- Journalism Awards - list from Wikipedia
- Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
- American Society of News Editors (ASNE)
- has awards and contests - for writing, photojournalism, online storytelling, and graphic art
- National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)
- NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards - for "an employee or contractor who has produced a communication product for a federal, military, state, regional, county, municipal or other government entity"
Visual Information Awards Program (VIAP)
Thomas Jefferson Awards Program
- Thomas Jefferson Awards Program, DINFOS
- The Thomas Jefferson Awards Program, named after the nation's third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, recognizes military and civilian employee print and broadcast journalists for outstanding achievements in furthering the objectives of the Department of Defense Internal Information Program.
- includes awards for broadcast, writing, photography, and art/graphics
Silver Anvil Awards
- Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
- Silver Anvil Awards, PRSA
- The Silver Anvil, symbolizing the forging of public opinion, is awarded annually to organizations that have successfully addressed a contemporary issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.
- The public relations profession’s most prestigious honor, the Silver Anvil Award acknowledges the very highest level of achievement and is the established icon of the “best of the best” public relations practices.
- 2010 "Best of Silver Anvil" winner is U.S. Air Force
- Air Force awarded top honors for excellence in public relations, by Zannetti, 4 June 2010, AF News
- The U.S. Air Force received top honors June 3 at the Public Relations Society of America's annual Silver Anvil Awards Ceremony at the Equitable Tower in New York City. This is the first time the Air Force has received the PRSA's most esteemed, "Best of Silver Anvil" Award, recognized as the civilian community's established icon of "best of the best" public relations practices.
- The Air Force received the 2010 Silver Anvil award for its winning submission, "A Solemn View: Public Affairs Provides a Window to American Service Members' Ultimate Sacrifice," a program to facilitate media coverage of "dignified transfers," where servicemembers killed in combat are returned to American soil with dignity, honor and respect. In addition, the Air Force won a Silver Anvil Award in the Issues Management, Government subcategory.
Edward R. Murrow
- Edward R. Murrow: Journalism at Its Best, from America.gov, Apr 2006
- The career of Edward R. Murrow, the eminent broadcast journalist, is discussed in this publication as an example of the essential role the free press plays in a democratic society. With his reports from London during World War II and his exposé of Senator McCarthy's anti-Communist campaign in the 1950s, Murrow showed how a fearless reporter can use journalistic skills in the public's service in times of crisis. [from America.gov]
- Edward R. Murrow Collection, Tufts University
- The Edward R. Murrow Papers, ca 1913-1985, housed at the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University, is the world's largest collection of Edward R. Murrow material.
- The Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy, Tufts University
- Edward R. Murrow quotes on Wikiquote
The oldest excuse of the networks for their timidity is their youth. Their spokesmen say, "We are young; we have not developed the traditions nor acquired the experience of the older media." If they but knew it, they are building those traditions, creating those precedents everyday. Each time they yield to a voice from Washington or any political pressure, each time they eliminate something that might offend some section of the community, they are creating their own body of precedent and tradition. They are, in fact, not content to be "half safe."
You burned the city of London in our houses and we felt the flames. You laid the dead of London at our doors and we knew that the dead were our dead ... were mankind's dead without rhetoric, without dramatics, without more emotion than needed be. You have destroyed the superstition that what is done beyond 3000 miles of water is not really done at all.
--- Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish, regarding Edward R. Murrow's broadcasts from London during the early days of World War II
Indiana University School of Journalism’s online home for information and history about Ernie Pyle
Other World War II
[from Okinawa: The Last Battle, by Appleman et al, Center of Military History, first printed 1948]
The enemy detachments concealed behind American lines had tragic consequences for Ernie Pyle, war correspondent, as well as for many troops of the 77th. On 18 April Pyle was on his way to the front in a jeep, accompanied by a regimental commander. At the outskirts of Ie, a Japanese machine gun hidden in the terraced coral slopes along the side of the road sent both men into a ditch for cover. When Pyle raised his head a few moments later, another burst caught him full in the temple just below the rim of his helmet, killing him instantly. Only after three hours of intense patrol action was the enemy position destroyed. Pyle was buried in the 77th Division's cemetery on Ie under a crude marker which the Division later replaced by a monument. The inscription reads: "At this spot the 77th Infantry Division lost a buddy, Ernie Pyle,. 18 April 1945." [Japan surrendered on August 15]
"I guess it doesn't make any different once a man is gone. Medals and speeches and victories are nothing to them anymore. They died and others lived, and nobody knows why it's so. There's nothing we can do for the ones beneath wooden crosses, except perhaps to pause and murmur, Thanks, Pal."
---- Ernie Pyle
In 1944 Pyle was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting, one of a bundle of prizes that he won during the war. Pyle wasn't present in New York for the presentation of the award, which took place, remarkably on D-Day.
"For four days and nights they have fought hard, eaten little, washed none, and slept hardly at all," Pyle wrote in May 1943, traveling among American infantrymen. "Their nights have been violent with attack, fright, butchery, and their days sleepless and miserable with the crash of artillery. ... They are young men, but the grime and whiskers and exhaustion make them look middle-aged. There is an agony in your heart and you almost feel ashamed to look at them. They are just guys from Broadway and Main Street, but you wouldn't remember them. They are too far away now. They are too tired. Their world can never be known to you, but if you could see them just once, just for an instant, you would know that no matter how hard people work back home they are not keeping pace with these infantrymen in Tunisia."