The 35th annual Telly Awards have been announced, and a Nov., 2013, broadcast of the Young Marines News Network won a 2014 bronze Telly in the online video category. This is the fifth Telly Award for the Young Marines, the second specifically for the Young Marines News Network.
Founded in 2011, the Young Marines News Network is a quarterly online video broadcast that serves as a resource for news about the youth organization. It is part video news release and part news report. The purpose of the network is to showcase the good works being done across the country by Young Marines units, to serve as an effective communication tool and to show appreciation to sponsors and supporters for dedication to the Young Marines.
“With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines.
“Our network news is all about showcasing the creative work of the units which in turn benefit other units. It’s all about sharing ideas.”
Much of the success of the televised online content depends on Young Marine units across the country informing national headquarters about what their units are doing in their communities and of their local achievements. Young Marine units “pitch” their own story ideas for consideration. If a story idea is picked up by the Young Marines News Network producers, units are notified of the proper submission guidelines unique to their story.
“It’s exciting to be honored once again with a Telly Award,” said YM SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 17, the National Young Marine of the Year. “For me, being a part of such a production at such a relatively young age is such a fantastic learning experience and truly a blessing. All the members of our program are a part of this as well, because of their submissions and shout-outs from communities across America.”
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979. It’s the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.
A prestigious judging panel of over 500 industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “The Young Marines’ accomplishment illustrates creativity, skill and dedication and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.
For more information, visit the official website at http://www.youngmarines.com.
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