NAVFAC's Seabee Online Wins First Place in DoD-wide Thomas Jefferson Media Competition

May 19, 2016 | By Seabee Magazine
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WASHINGTON (April 29, 2016) Naval Facilities Engineering Commands (NAVFAC) SEABEE Onlinewon first place for Best Digital Publication in the 2015 Thomas Jefferson (TJ) competition, an honor awarded for the best communications products across all military services in the Department of Defense (DoD). It marks the first time that the online magazine has claimed the top spot for the entire DoD. Earlier this year, SEABEE Online received the top digital publication prize in the Russell Egnor Navy Media Awards, the Navys worldwide media competition. The TJ competition is very competitive, and is designed to stimulate and reward excellence and professionalism in military print and broadcast media, according to the Defense Information School. The annual contest is sponsored by the American Forces Information Service and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Prior to the annual TJ Awards, each service judges its own entries and selects the best one in each category to represent that branch in the final competition. SEABEE Online is a digital resource featuring news and information for Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers and their families, as well as veterans, retirees and the general public. SEABEE Onlines companion mobile application, Seabee Mobile, launched in June 2013, and is available on both Apple and Android platforms. Download it here. SEABEE Online has received four Russell Egnor Navy Media Awards.This awards program promotes excellence in Navy journalism, photography, videography and graphic arts among Navy commands and their public affairs and visual information specialists. It is named after retired Senior Chief Journalist Russell D. Egnor, who served the Navy for more than 40 years as an active duty and reserve journalist, and as the director of the News Photo Division at the Navy's Office of Information at the Pentagon.