Spirit of FOI Awards: Call for entries 2020

The 2020 Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award contest is open for entries. The award recognizes outstanding work in promoting open government and the public’s right to know. The contest is open to newspaper, broadcast and online media.

Because many journalists have been extremely occupied with breaking news this month, we are extending the deadline for submission of entries until Friday, June 19, 2020. Nominations must be for work published or broadcast in calendar year 2019. A nomination can be a single news story or series; an editorial or series of editorials; columns; editorial cartoons; or a community FOI project. There is a limit of one entry per news organization. Entries will be judged in the following size classifications, and up to two entries will be recognized in each class (a winner and an honorable mention, if warranted).

A – News organizations in markets with a population of under 500,000.
AA – News organizations in markets with a population of 500,000 or more.

Entries must be submitted electronically and include the following:

  • A letter containing the name of the person or organization nominated and the classification entered, explaining the effort being cited
  • Functioning online links or PDFs of pages containing the coverage being entered
  • Additional support documents or letters as the entrant deems necessary

Entries should be emailed to kelley.shannon@foift.org with the subject line FOI AWARD. Entries must be received by midnight Friday, June 19, 2020.

Winners will be presented at the FOI Foundation of Texas state conference on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin. For further contest questions, email kelley.shannon@foift.org or call 512-377-1575.