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Media Awards

THE PARKER THOMSON AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING LEGAL JOURNALISM IN FLORIDA AND THE SUSAN SPENCER-WENDEL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

News media that have made a significant effort to inform the public about the delivery or quality of justice are invited to compete for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida. Work submitted for consideration may include news stories, series, features, editorials, blogs, documentaries, columns or special sections — anything produced by a news organization — that deals with law and lawyers, courts, law enforcement, the delivery of legal services, the effectiveness of the justice system and the work of the organized Bar or related matters.  All Florida media organizations, large or small, are encouraged to enter. Awards are given in four categories: Print, Television, Radio, and Online-only. The Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award honors a retired or working journalist who has written or reported extensively in an outstanding fashion to educate citizens on the system of law and justice as it affects the people of Florida.

The award recipient will receive a cash prize, a plaque and travel reimbursement to attend the awards ceremony. A reporter who chooses not to accept the monetary prize may opt to donate to the First Amendment Foundation. The Parker Thomson and Susan Spencer-Wendel media awards will be presented at the Florida Media Conference in July, in St. Petersburg. Winners will be notified in advance.

Questions? Contact The Florida Bar’s Public Information Department at 850-561-5666.