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The Florida Bar Honors Excellence in Journalism with the 58th Annual Media Awards.

August 19 is the deadline for entries in The Florida Bar’s 2013 Media Awards competition. The Florida Bar Media Awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding journalism.

Qualified entries consist of a story or stories that highlight the system of law and justice as it affects the people of Florida.
Download the 2013 Media Awards Entry Form. PDF document opens in new window

News media that have made a significant effort to inform the public about the delivery or quality of justice are invited to enter. Work submitted for consideration may include news stories, series, features, editorials, blogs, documentaries, columns, 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, the work of the organized Bar or related matters. Entries must have been published or produced between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012. 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. All Florida media organizations, large or small, are encouraged to enter, i.e., any newspaper, radio station, television station, blog or wire service. 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.

If you have reported a story that you feel is worthy of consideration for an award, contact Public Information Coordinator Karen Kirksey at (850) 561-5766 or

EDITORS: Please note The Florida Bar is not an association and "Association" is not part of our name. Proper reference is "The Florida Bar." Local bar organizations are properly termed "associations."

[Revised: 07-19-2013]