Ronald Reagan's Graphics Media Department Wins Eight CHINFO Merit Awards

Story Number: NNS080415-15Release Date: 4/15/2008 2:57:00 PM
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From USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

USS RONALD REAGAN, At sea (NNS) -- Sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Graphics Media Department are celebrating the announcement of the 2007 Chief of Information (CHINFO) Merit Awards in which Ronald Reagan was named the recipient of eight Navywide awards.

The announcement was made April 10 via official naval message. The annual Navywide program recognizes outstanding achievements in internal media products submitted by commands and individuals both ashore and afloat.

Categories include: best news article, feature article, stand-alone photograph, photojournalism, television newscast, radio newscast, Web-based publication, cruise book, familygram, and a number of other categories.

Entries are judged by a professional team of journalists, photographers and public affairs professionals in the Washington D.C. area. Hundreds of entries are submitted by ship and shore installations to compete each year.

Ronald Reagan took home one unit award and a total of seven individual awards in CY-2007, winning two more than the six awards received during the 2006 competition.

"We've know for a long time that our team of MCs [mass communication specialists] is one of the most talented groups of Sailors in the fleet. I think this just proves what we've known all along," said Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Donnie Ryan, Ronald Reagan's public affairs chief.

The first place unit award was received in the large command cruise book competition. Individual writing awards were first place in news writing - Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cara Maib; second place (tie) in features - Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cara Maib; third place sports article - Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Torrey Lee.

Photography awards included second place in stand-alone photography - Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/NAC) Spike Call; third place in stand-alone photography - Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Lasco; first place in photojournalism -Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Aaron Burden, and photography contribution by a stringer - Lt. Cmdr. Tam Pham.

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