In recognition of the vital role played by the state’s news media in improving public understanding of legal issues, The Missouri Bar is now accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards. We encourage members of the media to take this opportunity to shine a light on their efforts to improve public understanding of the justice system. Depending upon the number and type of entries, up to three separate awards may be presented – one each for print media, broadcast and new media – in recognition of individual stories, series or editorials that meet one or more of the following criteria:
— Contributed significantly to public understanding of the law and legal system and/or the role of lawyers and/or judges within the system.
— Revealed a problem in the organization, structure or administration of the law, resulting in the correction of that problem for the benefit of all Missourians; and/or
— Enhanced the equitable administration of justice in the state.
Media representatives are invited to identify members of the news media – either within their own organization or elsewhere – who performed exceptional work within the general criteria outlined above. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Individual reporters or entire news organizations that have performed notable work in improving public knowledge of the justice system are eligible. The nominations should be for items printed or broadcast in the full year prior to June 30, 2016. Copies of pertinent articles, audio, video or links to content should accompany all nominations. In addition, letters in support of nominations are encouraged. These letters should set out the content of the item(s) and indicate their significance to the citizens of the area or state as a whole. Any follow-up or reaction to the item(s) should be summarized as well.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.
Please send nominations to Gary Toohey, Director of Communications, The Missouri Bar, PO Box 119, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards will be presented at the Missouri Press Association’s 150th Annual Convention Awards Luncheon Oct. 1, 2016, in Branson, Mo.