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DMR Wins National Award

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) received an Award of Excellence for the "Preserving and Enjoying Mississippi's Coastal Resources" 2005 Marine Information Calendar at the annual National Association of Government Communicators Communications School held recently in Baltimore, Maryland.

The DMR is one of about 80 government agencies in the United States to earn the prestigious Blue Pencil Award at this year's annual NAGC Blue Pencil/Gold Screen Awards banquet, which recognizes excellence in written, filmed, audio/videotaped, published and photographed government information products.

More than 500 entries were submitted in the annual competition. Judging was done across the nation by both governmental and nongovernmental information professionals who volunteer their time to judge and give peer feedback on entries.

Entries were judged on production, writing, editorial content, layout and design, and quality and creativity. Entries were also reviewed to determine that they achieved the purpose for which they were produced, that they served the needs of their target audiences and that they represented a cost-effective use of financial and other resources.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the National Association of Government Communicators," said DMR Public Relations Director Lauren Thompson.

"We gratefully acknowledge our partnership with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium who provided the tide data for the calendar. The Marine Information Calendar was developed to serve as both an educational outreach to the schools-through the calendar art contest-to encourage environmental stewardship and as a useful tool for fishermen, providing practical information that they can use, such as tide data, sunrise/sunset times, moon phases, and saltwater fish size and possession limits. The DMR looks forward to continuing to provide educational products like this to the community."

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