Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Marin Independent Journal Receives Grand Jury News Media Excellence in Reporting Award
Sacramento, Calif., November 5, 2016. The California Grand Jurors’ Association has granted the News Media Excellence in Reporting Award to the Marin Independent Journal, of Marin County, for its coverage of Marin County Grand Jury reports over the past three years.
During that time, the Independent Journal published at least 50 articles about grand jury reports on local government investigations. In 2012-13 and 2013-14, the Journal covered 29 jury reports. Some of the articles were positioned on the Journal’s front page.
By continually and consistently covering the grand jury’s reports, the Journal is making Marin County residents aware of the jury’s specific recommendations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local governments – including the county, cities and special districts. More broadly, the Journal is supporting and raising public awareness of the grand jury system. Without the Journal’s coverage, the Marin public would have difficulty in learning about the grand jury’s investigations and reports. The coverage also serves as a vital form of outreach in recruiting volunteers to serve on the grand jury.
The News Media Excellence in Reporting Award program recognizes individuals and media that have created positive changes in their communities by increasing awareness of the California Grand Jury system. The award was presented on November 5 at the association’s 35th annual conference held in Sacramento. Jack Nixon, president of the Marin County chapter of the association, accepted the award for the Marin Independent Journal.
The California Grand Jurors’ Association is a statewide nonprofit organization of former grand jurors with the mission “to promote, preserve and support the grand jury system through training, education and outreach.”
Jack Nixon, president of the Marin County Chapter of the California Grand Jurors' Association, accepting the award from Barbara Sommer, chair of the association's Awards Committee.
Press release, California Grand Jurors’ Association
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