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Registration opens for the 16th annual Natl. Freedom of Information Day Conference

Registration is now open for the 16th annual National Freedom of Information (FOI) Day Conference, which will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The annual FOI Day Conference is hosted by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in cooperation with and the American Library Association (ALA). The event brings together access advocates, government officials, judges, lawyers, librarians, journalists, educators and others to discuss timely issues related to transparency in government and freedom of information laws and practices.

Madison Award Awardee Patrice McDermott
Madison Award Awardee Patrice McDermott

This year’s program will feature a discussion of the first ten years of the “Sunshine Week” national open records initiative, presented by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of News Editors. Additionally, the event will include a preview of a major reporting package from The Associated Press, McClatchy and Gannett/USA Today on a decade of open government activity. Miriam Nisbet, former director of the National Archives’ Office of Government Information Services, will address attendees at the FOI Day Conference.

During the event, ALA will announce this year’s recipient of the James Madison Award, which is presented annually to individuals or groups that have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. Previous Madison Award recipients include Internet activist Aaron Swartz, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and the Government Printing Office. ALA Incoming President Sari Feldman will present Madison Award this year.

The program is open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Ashlie Hampton, at 202-292-6288, or ahampton[at]newseum[dot]org. The program will be streamed “live” at

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Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff is the former Associate Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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