for important contributions in the area of open government
Postmark deadline for nominations: March 20
The Sunshine Award recognizes individuals and groups for making important contributions in the area of open government.
The SPJ board of directors selects honorees for the Sunshine Award based on recommendations from the national SPJ Freedom of Information Committee. There is no predetermined number of honorees for selection.
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Medill Innocence Project
2011 Read press release
Samantha Turley and Marcus Constantino
Wall Street Journal Staff
2010 Read press release
Jill Riepenhoff and Todd Jones
Charlene Charlie Padilla
2009 Read press release
Project On Government Oversight
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The Seattle Times
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Ryan Nees, Kokomo, Indiana
Nancy Conway, Salt Lake Tribune
John Hughes, The Deseret Morning News
J.W. August, KGTV San Diego
Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General
Joe Adams, The Florida Times-Union/IDigAnswers.com
Megan Fromm, Mesa State College
The Montana FOI Hotline
Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project
Chicago Headline Club
Gregory Korte, Ohio Project Sunshine Co-Chair
Society of Environmental Journalists
California Newspaper Publishers Association
California First Amendment Coalition, Sacramento, CA
Joseph Tyrrell, Hillsborough, NJ
Pennsylvania First Amendment Coalition/Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Harrisburg, PA
Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, Gainesville, FL
Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, Tallahassee, FL
Barbara Petersen, First Amendment Foundation, Tallahassee, FL
SPJ Kansas Pro Chapter
Linda Lightfoot, executive editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La.
FOIAdvocates, Eugene, Ore
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa
Chief Justice Robert A. Miller
The South Dakota Supreme Court
SPJ Queen City Pro Chapter, Cincinnati OH
Wyoming Attorney General Gay Woodhouse
Nominations are open and not limited to journalists. Work may be, but does not have to be, related to Project Sunshine.
Nomination form should be accompanied by a letter(s) of recommendation that addresses the nominees contributions and/or service to the Society of Professional Journalists and why the nominee is deserving of this national recognition.
Winner Announcement and Presentation
Winners will be honored at the President's Installation Banquet at the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. No specific number of awards is awarded each year.
Submit all nomination materials unbound on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Additional supporting materials are welcomed and should be limited to 10 pages.
Nominations must be postmarked on or before March 20. Nominations should be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to:
Society of Professional Journalists
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
For More Information
Contact SPJ Headquarters at 317/927-8000 or e-mail: email@example.com