27th Annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards, Deadline Jan 6

For Northern CA journos and community groups – award for advancement in freedom of info. Good luck!


    27th Annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards

    The James Madison Freedom of Information Awards recognize Northern
    California organizations and individuals who have made significant
    contributions to advance freedom of information and/or expression in the
    spirit of James Madison, the creative force behind the First Amendment.
    The awards are presented annually by the Freedom of Information
    Committee of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of
    Professional Journalists. There is no fee for submitting an entry. An
    awards ceremony and dinner is planned in mid-March, during National
    Freedom of Information Week, near Madison's birthday.
    Eligible for nomination are Northern California journalists, citizens,
    media organizations, or community groups who, during 2011, have defended
    public access to meetings, public records, or court proceedings or
    otherwise promoted the public's right to know, publish and speak freely
    about issues of public concern.
    Award Categories (awards may not be given in every category):
    Professional Journalist, Nonprofit Organization, Source/Whistle Blower,
    Career Achievement, Citizen, Public Official, Educator, Cartoonist,
    Legal Counsel, Student Journalist, Electronic Access, News Media.
    * The Professional Journalist and Student Journalist awards recognize
    journalists who have been involved in fights for access to records,
    meetings or court proceedings, who have made exceptional use of public
    records in their reporting or who have promoted education on FOI issues
    through stories, editorials or other advocacy.
    * The Public Official award is given to a governmental official who has
    demonstrated extraordinary commitment to keeping public records or
    meetings public, or otherwise has taken exemplary leadership on FOI or
    First Amendment issues.
    * The Beverly Kees Educator Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by
    educators to cultivate a devotion to the values of freedom of information.
    The Norwin S. Yoffie Career Achievement Award is named in honor of a
    stalwart supporter of the chapter's Freedom of Information Committee,
    who died in November 2000 after many years of distinguished service to
    SPJ and the cause of freedom of information.
    Click here to submit a nomination online.
    Questions: Please contact Geoff King or Rebecca Bowe at
    spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com <mailto:spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com>.
    Please include "James Madison Awards Question" in the subject line.

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