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June 15, 2017
Public Information Department,
The Florida Bar

TALLAHASSEE — The deadline for entering The Florida Bar’s 62nd Media Awards competition is extended to Friday, June 30, 2017. The prestigious awards and cash prizes are presented annually to recognize outstanding journalism that highlights the system of law and justice as it affects the people of Florida.

For the first time, the Bar is doing away with hard copy entries. Entries must be submitted electronically.

News media that have made a significant effort to inform the public about the delivery or quality of justice are invited to enter. Download the 2017 Media Awards Entry Form. Work submitted for consideration may include news stories, series, features, editorials, blogs, documentaries, columns, special sections — anything that is produced by a news organization and deals with law and lawyers, courts, law enforcement, the delivery of legal services, the effectiveness of the justice system, the work of the organized Bar or related matters. Any newspaper, radio station, blog, television station, wire service or online-only publication located in Florida is eligible to enter. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE.

Entries must have been published or produced between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. Content of entries may be current or historical, objective or analytical in nature. Special consideration may be given to entries that demonstrate courage or tenacity on the part of the news medium or the journalists who produced the entry.

Media organizations large and small are encouraged to enter. Judging criteria are not based on the greatest amount of resources used, but whether those resources available are used well and to the fullest in the tradition of outstanding journalism.

The awards will be presented by the president of The Florida Bar at the annual Reporters’ Workshop dinner on Oct. 16 in Tallahassee. Reporters receiving first-place awards will take home $500, and those receiving second place will get $250. If multiple reporters are bylined on a winning entry, the cash award will be divided evenly among them. Reporters who choose not to accept the monetary prizes may opt to make a donation to the First Amendment Foundation. All winning reporters and their media outlets will receive plaques.

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


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[Revised: 06-16-2017]