CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! 36th Annual James Madison Freedom Of Information 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 2020, 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. We also accept suggestions for new award categories if a nominee doesn't neatly fit into our given categories.

Entries must be submitted here no later than Friday, January 8, 2021. For additional information, or for questions, please email

UPDATE, MONDAY JANUARY 18, 2021: The deadline for the student category and the Beverly Kees Educator Award categories has been extended until end of the day, Monday, January 25, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
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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 spurred 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. Responses can be up to 600 words.
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