Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award


Sunshine Award
for important contributions in the area of open government

Deadline for nominations: March 20

The Sunshine Award recognizes individuals and groups for making important contributions in the area of open government.

The SPJ board of directors selects honorees for the Sunshine Award based on recommendations from the national SPJ Freedom of Information Committee. There is no predetermined number of honorees for selection.


Individuals/groups who have made a contribution to the area of open government. Nominations are not limited to journalists.


Nomination form should be accompanied by a letter(s) of recommendation that addresses why the nominee is deserving of this national recognition. Self-nominations are permitted.

Winner Announcement and Presentation

Winners will be honored at the President’s Installation Banquet at the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. No specific number of awards is awarded each year.

Submit all nomination materials unbound on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Additional supporting materials are welcomed and should be limited to 10 pages.


All entries should be submitted no later than March 20.

For More Information

Contact SPJ Headquarters at 317/927-8000 or e-mail:


Gender: All
Country: USA
State: All
Grade level: Undergraduate
GPA: 3
Need or Merit: Merit
Race: All
Ethnicity: All
Religion: All
Major: All
Veterans: Yes
Employment: Yes
Community Service: No
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