The California Reporting Project will receive this year’s Free Speech & Open Government Award, the First Amendment Coalition has announced.

The statewide campaign to bring to light records of police misconduct began with a cooperative effort among six California news organizations and now includes more than 40 newsrooms. They have produced more than 125 original stories, detailing police use-of-force and instances of misconduct.

Representatives of the project will be recognized this Thursday evening during the California Press Foundation’s 142nd Annual Winter Meeting in San Francisco. The award comes with a $1,000 prize.

Registration is closed for the Cal Press event, at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel, but some seats are available for the free FAC information session “California vs. the First Amendment,” at 4 p.m. Thursday. Please click today to RSVP.

Panelists will be:

  • Vickie Baranetsky, general counsel, Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Audrey Cooper, editor in chief, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Jim Ewert, CNPA general counsel
  • Noah Griffin, columnist

Moderator: David Snyder, executive director, First Amendment Coalition

The California Press Foundation is a major supporter of the First Amendment Coalition. CNPA Services Inc. is the contracted administrator of Cal Press.