It’s that time of year when we look around at the great work being done to further freedom of information and recognize it. If you know of a person or group that has worked hard to further access to public records or meetings, feel free to nominate them for an SPJ Sunshine Award. Also, very deserving people also can be nominated for the First Amendment Award and the Pulliam First Amendment Award (which comes with $10,000).
Deadline for nomination is March 18. See below and the SPJ Web site for more info, at http://www.spj.org/awards.asp
The nomination deadline for SPJ’s National Honors is March 18. The multiple awards celebrate a variety of accomplishments for members and nonmembers, including those who have made strides in the areas of ethics and open government; journalism educators who have gone above and beyond to help students; and outstanding contributions to the profession. Nominate someone today for the following awards:
— Fellow of the Society is an honor bestowed upon journalists for extraordinary contributions to the profession.
— Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement honors individuals for a lifetime of service to the journalism profession.
— Historic Site in Journalism honors individuals, news organizations and places of national historic journalism interest.
— Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award honors an outstanding journalism educator who has made a significant contribution to the profession and/or journalism education, and to maintaining the highest standards of the profession.
— First Amendment Award recognizes extraordinarily strong efforts to preserve and strengthen the First Amendment. Note: This is different from the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award and the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award.
— Sunshine Award recognizes those making important contributions in the area of open government.
— Ethics in Journalism Award honors reporters, editors or news organizations that distinguish themselves by performing in an outstanding ethical manner as defined by the SPJ Code of Ethics.