The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is accepting entries for the 2015 Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award. The award recognizes outstanding work in promoting open government and the public’s right to know.

Nominations are open to newspaper, broadcast, and online media news organizations with work published or broadcast in the 2014 calendar year. All entries must contain the following:

  • A letter, headed with the name of the person or organization nominated and the classification entered, explaining the effort being cited
  • PDFs of pages containing the coverage being entered
  • Additional support documents or letters as deemed necessary

A nomination can be a single news story or series; an editorial or series of editorials; columns; editorial cartoons; or a community FOI project. All entries must be submitted electronically by midnight Friday, May 8 to with the subject line FOI AWARD.



Winners will be announced at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas annual state conference on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin. The State Bar of Texas Gavel Awards also will be presented during the conference through a partnership between the State Bar and the foundation.

For more information on the Spirit of FOI Award, visit