The Virginia Press Association First Amendment Award, first presented in 2007, is given to journalists, newspapers or citizens who, in an extraordinary way, seek to advance, defend or preserve the First Amendment.
The criteria is broad. It would include those who challenge closed government, closed courtrooms, access to information or threats to press freedom, such as search warrants and subpoenas. It could recognize extraordinary educational efforts, including First Amendment training, and efforts to change or strengthen laws pertaining to the First Amendment.
Nominations may be made by individual citizens, newspapers, educators or professional organizations. Nominations must include information on what the nominee has done to be considered for the award. Supplemental information, such as news stories or other documents, must be included with the nomination.
Nominations should be sent to Janet Madison, member services manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 11529 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS IS JANUARY 29, 2016.