AD2AD Announces Arthur T. Robb Essay Contest

$1000 scholarship to be awarded in tandem with community publications

Jay Schauer, CEO
AD2AD Network
Box 232019
Encinitas CA 92023

(SAN DIEGO – 28 September) AD2AD today announced the first Arthur T. Robb Essay Contest, a $1,000 scholarship it will award in cooperation with community publications across the US. Students must write an essay, and be sponsored by a community publication. The winner of the Arthur T. Robb Essay Contest will be awarded $1,000. “AD2AD believes that community publications are basic to our democracy,” said Jay Schauer, CEO of AD2AD as he announced the scholarship. “We created this award so that all community publications can offer young people the chance to recognize the importance of a free press to our American way of life.” Any community publication of any size can sponsor a student in the competition, Schauer said. “It’s our hope that newspapers, magazines, even shoppers, will publicize this opportunity to the students in their area, and foster greater awareness in their community.” Students are asked to write an essay on the topic “Community Publications and Our First Amendment Rights.” To enter the competition, a publication simply uploads the sponsored student‚s essay using a simple form on the website. The prize will be awarded on June 17, 2007. The AD2AD scholarship will be offered annually, Schauer said. “In the past 3 years, AD2AD has been adopted by more than 100 newspapers across the country, and our revenues have more than doubled each year. It’s important to AD2AD that we honor those who have made our success possible. AD2AD created this award to encourage young people to recognize the critical role their hometown publications play in our American way of life.” THE AD2AD ARTHUR T. ROBB ESSAY CONTEST

Arthur T. Robb was a distinguished professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism, and the editor of Editor and Publisher magazine. He was a tireless champion of community publications, recognizing their importance in preserving the free communication that is critical for a thriving democracy. This year’s essay topic is: Community Publications and Our First Amendment Rights Essays should consider how community publications support freedom of the press, and their importance to preserving the principles of America’s democracy under the constitution. Submissions will be judged on style, content, grammar, and originality. Winning essay will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theme and issues. Essays must be no more than 1000 words long, or face disqualification. Judges will look for clear, concise writing that is original, articulate, logically organized, and well-supported by specific examples. Spelling will count. Rules and Conditions

Entries must be submitted by the publisher, editor-in-chief, or managing editor (the Sponsor) of a newspaper, shopper, local magazine or other community publication with a print edition that appears more than 6 times per year. Only one entry per student. However, the Sponsor may sponsor any number of different students. All essays must be the original sole work of the student. Essays must be submitted no later than April 16, 2007. Entries must be submitted using the entry page on the AD2AD website. All required entry fields must be completed, or the entry will be disqualified. Decisions of the judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by June 15, 2007. All entries will become the property of AD2AD and will not be returned. Rules are subject to change without notice. Submit essays using the website.

Contest open to all students who are U.S. citizens, except employees and the immediate families of AD2AD and its affiliates. All Federal, State, and local laws apply. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Winner consents to the use of their name and/or photos or likeness for advertising purposes without additional consultation (except where prohibited). Winner and sponsor (and parent or legal guardian if winner is under the age of 18) must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within fifteen (15) days of prize notification attempt or an alternate winner may be selected. By accepting a prize, winner releases AD2AD, its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers and agents from any and all liability, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in this contest or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize.