IJA accepting nominations for annual ‘Excellence in Public Information and Education’ awards

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The Judicial Conference Community Relations Committee is seeking nominations for two annual awards recognizing one member of the judiciary and media for their “Excellence in Public Information and Education.”

The committee, on behalf of the Indiana Judges Association, will select the recipients of The Judge’s Award and The Media Award. 

The recipient of The Judge’s Award will be recognized for his or her efforts in community relations. Individuals nominated for The Judge’s Award must be active members of the Indiana judiciary, and their nominations should recognize specific judicial programs, projects or efforts designed to inform and educate the public about the judiciary.

Individuals nominated for The Media Award can be newspaper, television or radio reporters who have produced responsible reporting on issues pertaining to the Indiana judiciary.

Previous Judge’s Award efforts have included community forums on civil liberties, an “MTv Juvies” television series about juvenile court, a high school educational video detailing the consequences of drunk driving, a weekly newspaper column about the courts and “Adopt-a-Doll” community outreach events. Examples of former Media Award efforts include editorial coverage of a drug court, radio broadcasts and articles on the Supreme Court nominating process, a law-focused newspaper column and series of articles about mental health issues in juvenile courts.

Nominations must include a summary of reasons why the nominee should be selected, as well as either a hyperlink to a news report or copy of any relevant supporting information and documents.

Nominations must be submitted online and are due by the end of the day on August 2.

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