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1. Defending the Disadvantaged Story that illustrates problems of the powerless in society.
2. General News News story or feature that uses public records.
3. Spanish-language General News News
story or feature written in Spanish that uses public records.
4. Reporting on Open Government Story focusing on open government/freedom of information issues.
5. Investigative In-depth story or series that uses public records.
6. Spanish-language Investigative In-depth story or series in Spanish utilizing public
7. Opinion or Commentary Editorial or column on open records/open government issues.
8. Green News Story with an environmental angle that uses public records.
9. Opening the Books Story that uses
business or public records to report on the practices of nongovernmental
Community Watchdog For print
publications under 10,000 circulation:
Exemplary work involving public records.
Student Work Journalism in any form — investigative, general news, feature, opinion — that runs in a student publication and makes excellent use of public records or examines
the issues of open records/open government.
Multimedia Project Broadcast and print/
online combined: A package of investigative, news, feature and opinion pieces
open records or examines open government.
Open Doors Award Celebrates an individual or organization’s body of work in defending the people’s right to open government and open records. Nominees need not be associated
with the media. Entrants shall submit a narrative (two typed pages maximum)
detailing their efforts.
Contact information of persons who know the
nominee’s work may be included, as well as copies of published or broadcast work. Work
entered in other categories may be considered part of this record.
CALL FOR ENTRIES • A competition recognizing work that defends the freedoms guaranteed by the First
Amendment to the Constitution, furthers the people’s right to know how governments and businesses affect their lives, and champions
the powerless and disadvantaged
WHO MAY ENTER • Broadcast and print/online journalists in Texas or Oklahoma or whose work is
used by news organizations in those states
FEES • $35 professional entry, $15 student entry
RECEIVED-BY DEADLINE • Jan. 15, 2014
The awards will be presented April 18, 2014, at the
11th annual First Amendment Awards and Scholarship Dinner.
• STUDENT WORK