September 17, 2015
Ann Marie Cumming

NAB Education Foundation Announces 2015 Freedom of Speech PSA Contest Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) today announced the winners of the Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement Contest for college communications students. The first-place winners in the television and radio categories will be recognized during an event held during Free Speech Week in October.

To compete, students submit 30-second spots that creatively address “What Freedom of Speech means to me.” The winning entries are:


1st Place: Alex Fenderson, Husson University, "Freedom of Expression"
2nd Place: Leah Backstrom, Minnesota State University- Moorhead, "My Voice"


1st Place: Taylor Mefford, Texas A&M University- Commerce, "Voice Your Freedom"
2nd Place: Javier Duarte, Palm Beach State College, "What is Freedom of Speech?"

The Freedom of Speech PSA Contest is presented by NABEF and BEA. Winning PSAs may be viewed here and downloaded from Stations are encouraged to run the spots during Free Speech Week, October 19-25.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving broadcasters and the public interest by supporting and advocating community service, diversity, education and broadcasting issues and trends. Learn more at

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