CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! 35th Annual James Madison FOI Awards
The James Madison Freedom of Information Awards -- presented each year by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists -- recognize Northern California organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of freedom of information and expression in the spirit of James Madison, the creative force behind the First Amendment.
We welcome nominations of individuals, such as journalists, lay citizens, public officials, attorneys, educators, librarians and students, as well as news outlets and other organizations that, during 2019, have defended public access to government meetings, public records, court proceedings or otherwise promoted the public’s right to know, publish, and speak freely about issues of public concern.
Entries must be submitted not later than Friday, January 10, 2020. For additional information, or for questions, please email
Category (if you selected "other")
Nominator's Name (we accept self-nominations)
Nominee's Phone Number
Please include (i) a summary of the story, stories or action(s) taken; (ii) a description of the freedom of information aspect of the story or action, specifically explaining how freedom of information laws and tools were employed and/or how the story or actions shed light on governmental activities; (iii) a discussion of major findings, achievements and subsequent results, i.e., whether the story received attention from other media outlets or effected new legislation, a regulatory change, or other public response; and (iv) an account of the difficulty or uniqueness of effort in obtaining the story or pursuing the action; and (v) a URL to the website of any story or other relevant materials.
This online form does not permit nominators to upload documents. If you plan to send any additional materials in support of your nomination (e.g. PDFs or scanned images of articles or other relevant documents), please let us know by marking the appropriate box below, and please provide a brief description of these materials so that we will be able to identify them.
Yes, I will send additional materials
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If you checked "yes," please email your supporting materials to
with the name of the nominee in the subject line
Please describe the supporting materials you intend to send in the space below.
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