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X-Press nets 5th straight APEX Grand Award
July 29, 2005
 
The X-43A Special Edition was judged a 2005 Grand Award winner in the Awards for Communication Excellence competition. Just two percent of the 5,000 entries won the award. In the 2005 Awards for Publication Excellence - or APEX - competition, the Dryden X-Press has been honored with a Grand Award for the X-43A Special Edition, titled "11 Seconds into the Unknown." The win marks the fifth consecutive year that the X-Press has captured a Grand Award in the international contest, which honors the top two percent of communication tools selected from nearly 5,000 entries.

Image Right: The X-43A Special Edition was judged a 2005 Grand Award winner in the Awards for Communication Excellence competition. Just two percent of the 5,000 entries won the award. + view X-Press X-43A special edition.

Judges had this to say about the X-43A Grand Award winner: "Cutting-edge, well-written feature articles pull readers in and hold their attention, while bold, attractive spreads, interesting photo spreads and clean, readable typography reinforce the content, making this special edition one to keep."

Dryden publications also received individual Awards of Excellence in six other categories:

  • The X-43A Special Edition was recognized for photography by photo chief Jim Ross, Carla Thomas, Tony Landis and Tom Tschida.

  • Also for the X-43A edition, Editor Jay Levine's concept and creation of the cover was recognized.

  • In the Personality Profiles category, Dryden historian and archivist Peter Merlin's X-Press feature story, "Michael Adams: Remembering a Fallen Hero" was a winner.

  • The entire Sept. 30 edition of the X-Press was selected as a top entry in the Magapaper and Newspaper Overall Writing category.

  • The Sept. 30 edition also was selected as a top entry in the Magapaper and Newspaper General Excellence category.

  • The book "From Runway to Orbit: Reflections of a NASA Engineer" won an Award of Excellence in the Books and Book Chapters category. It was written by former NASA Chief Engineer Ken Iliff, co-written by Dryden historian and archivist Curtis Peebles and designed and laid out by Visual Communications Manager Steve Lighthill (featuring paintings by Dryden research pilot Mark Pestana on the front and back covers).
The latest X-Press product, dubbed the X-tra. This year marked the 17th annual APEX Awards competition. The contest is sponsored by Communication Concepts Inc., a Springfield, Va.-based organization dedicated to business writing in the corporate, profit/nonprofit and government agency environments. Communication Concepts personnel judge entries and select winners, recognizing the best of the best in the business communications field.

Image Right: The latest X-Press product, dubbed the X-tra. + view X-tra: 100 Day Demonstrator

Among other entrants in this year's contest were nonprofit organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the Humane Society of the U.S. and WGBH-TV Public Broadcasting; academic institutions such as George Washington University and Auburn University, and corporations such as Microsoft, Dow Jones & Co. and Lockheed Martin.

The X-Press newspaper's mission is to tell Dryden's story and focus on its projects. To that end, X-Press staff debuted a new publication, X-tra, in July as another venue for showcasing Dryden's diverse accomplishments. The color X-tra editions will appear on an occasional basis and will be inserted in the regular X-Press editions.