State Bar seeks Texas Gavel Awards entries

The State Bar of Texas began seeking entries Tuesday for its 2014 Gavel Awards, which recognize excellence in legal reporting.

The prestigious awards will be presented Sept. 12 in Austin during the annual conference of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Entries will be accepted in print, broadcast and online categories until April 1. Submissions are for journalism produced in the 2013 calendar year.

“Excellent journalism about our laws and legal system is essential to an informed citizenry and a well-functioning democracy,” said Rudy England, chair of the State Bar’s Public Affairs Committee. “The quality of life of every individual in our society depends upon it.”

Entries are judged by an independent panel. There is no entry fee. Complete eligibility requirements and submission guidelines can be found at www.texasbar.com/gavelawards.