First Amendment Defender Award nominations now being accepted
We are now taking nominations for our Region 4/Region 5 Dick Goehler First Amendment Defender Award.
Here is the information to nominate someone – Dick passed away shortly before our regional last year and was a staunch First Amendment/Media lawyer for Cincinnati firm Frost Brown Todd LLC.
SPJ Regions 4 and 5 are accepting nominations for the Dick Goehler First Amendment Defender Award. The Dick Goehler First Amendment Defender Award was established by Regions 4 and 5 of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2011 to honor the work and memory of Cincinnati attorney Dick Goehler of Frost, Brown, Todd in defending the First Amendment rights of journalists and citizens in Ohio, Kentucky and elsewhere. Nominees should be working journalists, educators or attorneys working primarily in the field of media law and first amendment issues. Nominees should reside or work in Regions 4 and 5 of SPJ. Region 4 covers Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Region 5 covers Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. The award will be presented at the Region 4 Conference in Lansing, Michigan (March 23 and 24) or the Region 5 Conference in Indianapolis (April 13 and 14). The site will be determined by the region in which the winner lives and/or works, or where they can attend the conference accept the award. Entries are due February 27. Send completed award applications and questions about this to Robyn Davis Sekula, award coordinator, at email@example.com or call her at (502) 608-6125. Click here to download the application.
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