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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Nomination Forms Available for Journalist and Judge Excellence Awards"

This court news release from June 8, 2012 begins:

The Indiana Judges Association (IJA) is accepting nominations for the 2012 Commendation for Excellence in Public Information and Education. Each year the Association honors a journalist and judge who have helped inform the public about the work of the Indiana courts. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 6th.

There are two award categories, one for journalists and one for judges. The Community Relations Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference selects the award recipients. Indiana Judges Association President, Marion County Judge Robyn Moberly, explained, “These awards are an opportunity for us to thank those judges and journalists who take extra steps to help the public understand the work of the courts.”

Journalist nominees are judged on breadth and depth of the effort, quality, ingenuity and public response. The committee is looking for television, newspaper, radio and Internet journalists or news organizations that have exhibited responsible reporting of Indiana courts. The committee is also looking for judges who have conducted programs, projects or sustained efforts to educate the public about the courts.

The Indiana Judges Association has given the awards since 1988.

In the event you were hoping to nominate The Indiana Law Blog or another similar blog for its work in helping "inform the public about the work of the Indiana courts," again this year per the stated criteria such efforts apparently are not eligible. The Journalist Award Nomination form states:
The Indiana Judges Association is accepting applications for television, newspaper, radio and Internet journalists that have made special contributions in responsible reporting of the Indiana courts. The award will be presented at the 2012 Law School for Journalists on July 20th in Indianapolis.

CRITERIA: Nominee must be an Indiana news reporter/photographer who during the past year has written, shot, or produced a story that educates the public about the work of the courts. Both individual journalists and news organizations will be considered.

Selection will be made by the Community Relations Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference. Nominees will be judged on breadth and depth of the effort, quality, ingenuity and public response.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 10, 2012 12:56 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts