Call for Nominations: FAC’s 2023 Free Speech and Open Government Award

Maybe you pried some tightly held public documents from an information officer’s grasp. Or your investigation led to a bombshell revelation about a police department’s practices. Perhaps you drew attention to a particularly troublesome open meetings violation, or flagged flagrant law-breaking by a local government body.

We want to hear from you!

Nominations are now open for the First Amendment Coalition’s Free Speech & Open Government Awards. These annual awards honor the year’s best contributions towards the advancement of open government and freedom of expression and information. 

This includes — but is not limited to — access to public meetings, public records, the courts, and government data; defense of citizens’ right to speak or protest; defense of journalists’ rights; and defense of the right to blow the whistle on government misconduct.

Contest rules:

  • This is a national contest. Tell us how this work made an impact and where the impact was felt.
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations submitted by any person or organization. 
  • Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • Nominations must be for work done and/or results achieved from Jan. 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2023.

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Previous winners include an investigative reporter who discovered the local jails were secretly recording calls between incarcerated individuals and their attorneys; a coalition of journalists who collaborate to access and analyze police misconduct records in California; and a citizen activist. Learn more about past winners.

Please use this form to submit a nomination. The deadline for nominations is 11:59 PM PT on January 26, 2024. Award winners will receive $1,000 and a certificate. Winners will be announced on February 26.