First Amendment Awards

2015 Award Recipients  | 2016 Award Recipients

12th annual First Amendment Awards

The First Amendment Awards are 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.  SPJ membership not required to enter.

Our 2017 Awards Contest Call for Entries is now available!  Just click the link below, and get started today–entries are due by March 3, 2017.

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Awards will be presented April 28, 2017, during The First Amendment Awards & Scholarship Dinner.  Keep watching for the information about the keynote speaker and the new addition to the banquet fun!

Video highlights of journalist and author Alfredo Corchado’s keynote speech and Byron Harris’ Open Door award speech during the 2015 Award Banquet are available on our homepage in the video playlist.