Sunshine Week Awards

The Sunshine Award recognizes the best political cartoon, op-ed/editorial, and article on open government for Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. An award will be granted for each of the three categories. There is no submission fee, and any article that is posted to the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors website (www.fsne.org) is automatically entered in the contest.

2011

The 2011 awards were judged by Lucy Dalglish, Executive Director of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press and incoming President of the National Freedom of Information Coalition Board of Directors. The Sunshine Awards were presented at the annual Florida Press Association and Florida Society of Newspaper Editors awards dinner on Friday, June 30 at The Vinoy in St. Petersburg.

Best Article – Michael Bender, St. Petersburg Times
Best Political Cartoon – Jeff Parker, Florida Today
Best Editorial – The Palm Beach Post
Best Column – Patsy Palmer, Esq., D’Alemberte & Palmer

2010

The 2010 awards were judged by Mitch Pearlman, former Executive Director and General Counsel of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, and currently a trustee of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. In picking this year’s winners, Mitch noted that he “found all the entries interesting and illuminating and especially pertinent during Sunshine Week. Thus, it was a difficult task to select the winning entries.”

Best Article – Marty Merzer, Associated Press
Best Editorial – St. Augustine Record
Best Political Cartoon – Jeff Parker, Florida Today

2009

The 2009 awards were judged by Tom O’Hara, former managing editor of the Palm Beach Post and The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Tom serves on the board of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and teaches in the communications program at Ohio State University. The Sunshine Awards were presented at the annual Florida Press Association and Florida Society of Newspaper Editors awards luncheon on Friday, July 10 at the Breakers hotel in West Palm Beach.

Best Column – Jane Healy, Orlando Sentinel
Best Editorial – Florida Today
Best Political Cartoon – Rob Smith, Jr.

2008

The Sunshine awards were judged by Professor Charles Davis, professor of journalism at the University of Missouri/Columbia, and executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. The Sunshine Awards were presented at the annual Florida Press Association and Florida Society of Newspaper Editors awards luncheon on Friday, June 6 at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista.
The 2008 Sunshine Award winners are:

Best Column – Matt Reed, Florida Today
Best Editorial – The Ledger
Best Political Cartoon – Ed Hall, The St. Augustine Record

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