Truth in Journalism Will Set You Free

Xanthus Communications and PR for People® have announced the creation of the Matt Kramer Award for Excellence in Journalism. The award recognizes a journalist who has told a powerful and compelling news story about a person who is making a difference in the world. 

The Award has been created as a tribute to AP Journalist Matt Kramer. Matt Kramer was a veteran Associated Press reporter covering the Capitol beat and the 1967 session of the Oregon Legislature.  His astute and timely coverage of the "Beach Bill" that was reported in newspapers around the state kept the issue alive and in front of the people to decide the fate of public access to Oregon's beaches.

At the time, there was a strong movement among legislators who wanted to kill the "Beach Bill" in committee, which would have granted private beach rights and restricted access to self-entitled, wealthy estate owners and corporations.  In 1967, Matt Kramer wrote an article, "Beach Bill Revival Sought," which has been historically attributed as one reason why today Oregon has open beaches. 

Matt Kramer's work as an investigative reporter is an inspiration to showing us how integrity in journalism has a profound and lasting impact on the world.  Today, Oregon’s breathtaking ocean vistas and beaches are open to all.

The PR for People® Matt Kramer award recognizes the work of journalists who have written news stories about real people who have made a difference in the world. Journalists are invited to submit links to their news stories by the deadline of August 31, 2017. Our panel of judges is composed of seasoned business and publishing professionals, journalists, editors and attorneys.

Our judges require: 

  • The news story must be about an individual. 

  • The news story was published for the first time from Jan 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. 

  • The journalist must submit his or her own work. 

  • The journalist may submit more than one news story.

  • The news story must have been published in a bonafide media outlet that is listed in the Cision media database. (How do you know? Ask us!)

  • There are no submission entry fees.  

  • Deadline, August 31, 2017, 6pm EST.

The journalist who wrote the winning entry shall receive a monetary stipend of $500 U.S dollars and promotion of the award designation to global media.  Send your submission to and write Matt Kramer in the header of the email. Include the link for your article and your brief bio. Announcement of the award will be made on September 15, 2017.


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