Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:24


DEADLINE: TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014 @ MIDNIGHT | SEND ENTRIES TO This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Tuesday, April 15, 2014, is the deadline for electronic submission of entries for the 2014 Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award.

Sponsored by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Texas Press Association and named after FOIFT’s former executive director, the award recognizes journalists and/or newspapers for outstanding efforts that uphold First Amendment principles, increase public access to government and improve awareness of state open government statutes.

FOIFT is one of the leading education and advocacy non-profit organizations in the country, working for open government and access to public information for more than 30 years.

Spirit of FOI Award nominations for calendar year 2013 can be a single news story or series, an editorial or series of editorials, columns, editorial cartoons or a community FOI project.

Entries will be judged in the following size classifications, and up to three entries will be recognized:

A – Daily and non-daily newspapers, circulation up to 9,999
AA – Daily newspapers, Sunday circulation 10,000-99,999
AAA – Daily Newspapers, Sunday circulation 100,000 and up

 All entries must be submitted electronically and include the following:

  • a letter, headed with the name of the person or organization nominated and the classification entered, explaining the effort being cited,
  • PDFs of pages containing the coverage being entered,
  • and letters or additional support documents.

For details on entry requirements, go to their website. 

Entries should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with the subject line FOI AWARD.

Entries must be received by midnight, Tuesday, April 15.

The winners will be announced at TPA's annual newspaper contest awards ceremony at the Holidy Inn Marina Tower in Corpus Christi on June 21, following the TPA Summer Newspaper Retreat.