Celebrate National Freedom of Information Day at USF

Come help us celebrate National Freedom of Information Day at the University of South Florida the evening of March 16.

Citizens, journalists, and attorneys will engage in a lively discussion about Florida’s famed open government laws and their struggles accessing the records and meetings of our government.

During the second half of the program, representatives of various state organizations – the Attorney General’s Office, Governor Rick Scott’s Office of Open Government, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, and the First Amendment Foundation – will provide helpful information and advice, and Ken Bunting, director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, will talk about the Knight FOI Litigation grant fund, administered by the NFOIC.

Famed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lucy Morgan will kick off the evening as our keynote speaker, and Jon Kaney, senior counsel for the First Amendment Foundation, will serve as moderator.

National FOI Day at the Florida Sunshine Summit
University of South Florida — Tampa
Communication and Information Sciences Building, Room 1048
Wednesday, March 16
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open and registration begins at 6:30 p.m.)

Sponsors:
First Amendment Foundation
Florida Society of News Editors
The Associated Press

You can pre-register by emailing Katie@floridafaf.org or calling the First Amendment Foundation, 800/337-3518.

Driving Directions to the USF/Communication and Information Sciences Building:
Turn off Fowler Avenue onto Leroy Collins Drive. Turn right at the first light, Alumni Drive, then take the first left. The Communication and Information Sciences building is immediately ahead on the right. You can park anywhere. There will be signs directing you to the symposium.

Hotel Information:
We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the La Quinta Inn, 3701 East Fowler, Tampa, Florida. To get the group rate of $85 per night for a room with double beds and $95 per night for a room with a king-sized bed, please call the Group and Tour Department at 1-866-527-1498 and identify yourself as a member of the First Amendment Foundation party. The Block confirmation number is 0977GRKKDG.

Reservations must be made no later than February 23 in order to obtain the group rate.

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