Nominations Open For The Parker Thomson Awards For Outstanding Legal Journalism In Florida And The Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominations are now open for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida and the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. The entry deadline is April 4, 2022. Submit entries here.
The first-place award recipient for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida will receive a cash prize of $500, 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 Florida Bar’s Media & Communications Law Committee has presented awards for stellar legal journalism for more than 60 years. This honor is named for the late Miami lawyer Parker Davidson Thomson, for his countless contributions to media law. His expertise included helping newspapers obtain public records.
Qualified entries highlight the system of law and justice as it affects Floridians. Any journalists who write for a radio station, blog, television station, wire service or online-only publication located in Florida are eligible to enter.
Entries must have been published or produced between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. 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.
Reporters receiving first place will take home $500, and those receiving second place will get $250. If multiple reporters are by-lined 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 donate to the First Amendment Foundation.