Heritage Foundation and Franklin Center team up for Breitbart awards

Two conservative organizations, the Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, have announced they will offer awards to commemorate Andrew Breitbart, the controversial media entrepreneur who died suddenly in March.

The Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity have announced the Breitbart Awards to commemorate media entrepreneur and conservative activist Andrew Breitbart. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

The awards, according to the Web site, “seek to ensure that [Breitbart’s] legacy is honored and that the movement he spawned continues on with the army of citizen activists that he cultivated and inspired.”

According to Heritage and Franklin, nominees for the awards should be “driven by an indomitable pursuit for truth and accountability” and “advanc[e] those causes on behalf of the public good.”

Nominations are due Friday, and awards will be given in the categories of journalism, blogging and citizen activism:

Full-time Reporter: In a media environment that tells reporters to go along to get along, a few still consider it a sacred trust to keep the people informed. A few still recognize the awesome responsibility in belonging to the only profession to be enshrined in the Bill of Rights. We’ll present one Breitbart Award to a full-time news reporter to honor courage and honesty in telling the real stories that matter to people’s lives.

Blogger: When the legacy media fails to do its job, we are fortunate to have an army waiting on the Internet to hold the institutions of power accountable. We’ll honor a blogger for intrepid reporting that goes over the heads of the legacy media to communicate directly to the people.

Citizen: The fight for freedom requires a constant stream of new recruits willing to make time in their lives to serve as watchdogs in their local communities. We’ll honor an information activist committed to digging up the truth.

The Heritage Foundation already has a working relationship with Breitbart.com. In April, Heritage announced a partnership with the Breitbart News Network to bring the think tank’s popular weekly Blogger’s Briefing to Breitbart TV’s national conservative audience.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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