MSRB Honored with a 2013 Award of Excellence for Visual Media

Date: November 14, 2013

Contact: Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer 
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Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2013 Award of Excellence from the Society for New Communications Research “Excellence in New Communications Awards.” The MSRB was recognized in the visual media category, nonprofit division for its series of educational videos on the municipal market and the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website. The prestigious awards program honors individuals and organizations for the exemplary use of digital, mobile and social media.

“We are honored to recognize the MSRB through this awards program,” said SNCR Senior Fellow Paul Gillin, chair of the SNCR Excellence Awards committee. SNCR is a global nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and education foundation, think tank and public service organization, dedicated to the advanced study of the latest developments in new and emerging communications tools and technologies such as digital, social media and mobile, and their effect on business, culture and society. The award was presented to the MSRB at the 8th Annual SNCR Symposium & Awards Gala in Boston, MA on November 7, 2013.

The MSRB’s video series tell the story of municipal bonds – what role they play in financing public projects, who are the participants and how the MSRB contributes to a fair and efficient market. The videos use motion graphics to illustrate how municipal bonds help state and local governments finance public projects.

MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly said, “We appreciate this recognition for our commitment to communications excellence, and hope that it helps advance understanding of the municipal securities market, which plays such an important role in our communities.”

Award nominations were submitted as case studies, and reviewed by a panel of SNCR Fellows. In its eight-year history, SNCR has honored nearly 300 organizations and individuals through this prestigious awards program and all the winning case studies will be published on

The MSRB protects investors, state and local governments and other municipal entities, and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. The MSRB fulfills this mission by regulating the municipal securities firms, banks and municipal advisors that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. To further protect market participants, the MSRB provides market transparency through its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, the official repository for information on all municipal bonds. The MSRB also serves as an objective resource on the municipal market, conducts extensive education and outreach to market stakeholders, and provides market leadership on key issues. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a 21-member board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.