November 19, 2011 – Professor Kirtley received a "Pioneer Award" from the National Scholastic Press Association at its annual JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The highest individual award bestowed by the NSPA, Pioneer awards honor individuals for their service to scholastic journalism outside their primary employment. Additional information is available online at http://studentpressblogs.org/nspa/?p=317
June 8, 2011 – Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) honored long-time First Amendment and public access champion Professor Jane Kirtley with the 2011 Peter S. Popovich Award for Freedom of Information for her work ensuring the public’s right to access government and to hold elected and administrative officials accountable. “There isn’t one single event or action that we as a board could point to in nominating Jane for this award, but rather her impressive body of work, throughout her career, is worthy of notice,” said Minnesota SPJ President Sarah Bauer at Tuesday evening’s award banquet. Read the entire story online at http://www.mnspj.org/2011/06/08/twin-cities-photographer-foi-champion-are-among-the-top-honorees-at-2011-page-one-awards-from-minnesota-spj/.
March 2005 – One of ten individuals profiled in Minnesota Monthly magazine in an article entitled, “Real Power: Movers & Makers.”
October 7, 2004 – Received the Edith Wortman First Amendment Matrix Foundation Award at The Association for Women in Communications Annual Professional Conference in Charlotte , NC . More information can be found online at http://www.womcom.org/conference2004/jkirtleybio.html .
August 2001 – The Law Division of AEJMC was honored as having the best programming of any division for that organization's 2001 convention. During that time, Professor Kirtley served as Professional Freedom and Responsibility chair for the Law Division and worked as both organizer and moderator for two of the panels.
March 1, 2001 – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, named a member of the affiliated faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School.
February/March 2001 – National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame, named Chair, Selection Committee.
June 2000 – Washington, D.C., named a First Amendment Fellow by the National Press Club.
April 15, 2000 – Little Rock, Ark., appointed "Arkansas Traveler" by the Governor of Arkansas.