Arizona media professionals who produced informative news items for the public by making use of public records requests are invited to submit their stories for consideration in the 2012 Freedom of Information Awards contest, presented by the Valley of the Sun Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists. The deadline to enter has been extended to March 19, 2012.
• First Amendment Awards – honoring published or broadcast work in 2011 that involved significant reliance on public records and open meetings
• Sunshine Awards – honoring Arizonans (both journalists and non-journalists) whose actions helped foster greater openness in government in 2011 through improved access to public records or open meetings
• Order of the Silver Key Society – paying tribute to journalists from any medium with at least 25 years of experience in the state of Arizona (consecutive or cumulative) whose careers exemplify high standards and consistent, top-quality journalism
• The Lloyd Clark “How it Made Print” Award – honoring print journalists (all circulations) responsible for a published story, photograph or graphic design whose own story of how it became reality is exceptional. Unusually difficult circumstances, or unusual tenacity in pursing the story, will be the hallmark of the subject of the winning entry. Entries need not have been published in 2011.
There is no cost to enter the contest. Nominations can be from employers/supervisors as well as self-nominations. For more information or to download the contest brochure and the nomination forms, visit http://www.phoenixspj.org/.