for important contributions in the area of open government
Deadline for nominations: March 23
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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El Paso Matters
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Documenting COVID-19 project
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2020 Read press release
R. Jeffrey Smith and the Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity, USA TODAY and The Arizona Republic
Christina Jewett from Kaiser Health News
2019 Read press release
Jessica Huseman, ProPublica
Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
CPI, Quartz and the Associated Press
2018 Read press release
Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald
Rachel La Corte, Associated Press
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Nick Budnick, The Portland Tribune
Grace Rauh, NY1 News
Miranda Spivack, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
2016 Read press release
The Counted, The Guardian US
The Invisible Institute
2015 Read press release
Ed Timms and Kevin Krause
2014 Read press release
Center for Public Integrity
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Medill Innocence Project
2011 Read press release
Samantha Turley and Marcus Constantino
Wall Street Journal Staff
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Jill Riepenhoff and Todd Jones
Charlene Charlie Padilla
2009 Read press release
Project On Government Oversight
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2007 Read press release
The Seattle Times
2006 Read press release
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
Individuals/groups who have made a contribution to the area of open government. Nominations are not limited to journalists.
Nomination form should be accompanied by a letter(s) of recommendation that addresses why the nominee is deserving of this national recognition. Self-nominations are permitted.
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.
All entries should be submitted no later than March 23.
For More Information
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