The Missouri Bar is Accepting Nominations for the 2012 Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – From Jefferson City to Washington, D.C., and beyond, the majesty and impact of the law continues to fascinate Missourians. Helping interested citizens find their way through the often confusing jargon and procedures inherent within the justice system are members of the news media. Through the efforts of the media, the public gains a clearer understanding.
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 hope you will take this opportunity to shine a light on your efforts to improve public understanding of the justice system, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Depending upon the number and type of entries, up to three separate awards may be presented – one each for print media, radio and television – 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 prior to June 1, 2012.
Copies of pertinent articles, audio or video 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 July 15, 2012, with the awards presented during The Missouri Bar Annual Meeting in St. Louis, held Oct. 17-19. Please send nominations to Gary Toohey, Director of Communications, The Missouri Bar, PO Box 119, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Click here to submit your nomination via email.
The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 29,000 of Missouri’s practicing attorneys. To achieve its mission, The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org.