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The International Press Academy
(IPA) is a large and diverse association of professional entertainment journalists, representing both domestic and foreign markets in print, television, radio, cable and new media
New media is a broad term in media studies that emerged in the latter part of the 20th century. For example, new media holds out a possibility of on-demand access to content any time, anywhere, on any digital device, as well as interactive user feedback, creative participation and community...
outlets. The academy was founded in 1996 by Mirjana Van Blaricom. All full-time entertainment journalists are eligible to join; membership is open to journalists listed in the MPAA directory and to those working journalists who submit at least six entertainment-related clips to be considered by the board.
The IPA annually recognizes achievements in the fields of cinema, television and new media through the Satellite Awards (originally known as the Golden Satellite Awards). Special achievement awards presented by the IPA include the Mary Pickford Award
(for outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry), the Auteur Award
(to honor filmmakers whose vision and artistic control are reflected in their films), and the Nikola Tesla Award
(in recognition of visionary achievements in filmmaking technology).