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Newspaper association seeks open government advocates for Eagle Award

The South Dakota Newspaper Association is accepting nominees for the 2014 SDNA Eagle Award.

Established in 2002, this award is given to recognize an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to protect and enhance openness in government.

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“As journalists, we play a vital role in providing critical coverage of openness issues,” said Seth Tupper, chairman of the SDNA First Amendment Committee and editor of The Daily Republic, Mitchell. “But it’s also important to recognize champions of openness in whatever walk of life they inhabit, and to praise their role in furthering the cause of openness we all support. Nominations for the Eagle Award help us continue this important work.”

The first SDNA Eagle Award was given to the 2001 South Dakota Supreme Court for its efforts helping open the Supreme Court to media cameras starting in August 2001.

Other recipients of the SDNA Eagle Award include Mitchell Board of Education member Rodney Hall (2003), South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long (2004), Yankton County Commissioner Brian Hunhoff (2005), Codington County State’s Attorney Vince Foley (2006), state Sen. Jason Gant and the staff of the South Dakota State University Collegian (2007), state Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry (2008), state Sen. Dave Knudson (2009), Sioux Falls resident Gordon Heber (2010) and state Sen. Al Novstrup (2012).

Any individual, group or organization who has demonstrated commitment to the ideals of open government in South Dakota is eligible to be nominated.

Nominations for the 2014 SDNA Eagle Award should be submitted in writing and sent to: SDNA Eagle Award, South Dakota Newspaper Association, 1125 32nd Ave., Brookings, SD, 57006. The deadline for nominations is March 1.

Contact SDNA General Manager David Bordewyk for more information.

The award will be presented during the 132nd annual SDNA convention April 11-12.

Source: South Dakota Newspaper Association