For example, the 2011 Sunshine Award went to the coalition that led the opposition to HB477 and proposed an initiative to repeal the bill that would have eviscerated the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA). It was that public outcry, along with aggressive coverage by the Utah news media, that forced the Utah State Legislature to repeal the bill.
The Utah Supreme Court also won a Sunshine Award for approving of a reporter's shield rule, which allows journalists to protect sources of information from disclosure in court.
The Black Hole award is for someone who knows they are violating the spirit or letter of open-government laws, is doing it for personal or political motives, and their actions affect the public as a whole.
The best example was the members of the 2011 Legislature who railroaded HB477 through, despite public protests that the law would undermine government transparency in Utah. Other recipients include Provo officials for keeping documents pertaining to the sale of the iProvo network secret; Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, for proposing legislation to make public employees' salaries private information; and Logan Mayor Randy Watts, for a policy mandating that all communication between journalists and the city be done by email.
To nominate someone for one of the awards, contact Linda Petersen at the Valley Journals at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include documentation as to why you think the person deserves a Sunshine or Black Hole award.