PRESS RELEASE: Call for James Madison Award FOI nominations

Nominations are encouraged for the 2016 James Madison Awards honoring persons and organizations in northern California who have championed freedom of information and/or freedom of speech/press/expression during the past year or over an extended time span.

The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter, is accepting the nominations through Friday, Jan. 8. You can access an online entry form at There is no contest entry fee.

Award categories include but are not limited to journalist (professional and student), source/whistleblower, attorney, citizen, public official, educator, cartoonist, news outlet, nonprofit organization, electronic access and career achievement. SPJ NorCal welcomes suggestions for other categories.

The 2016 James Madison Awards Banquet is to take place Thursday evening, March 10, at The City Club, 155 Sansome St., San Francisco. 

For additional information, or for questions, please email