Planning & Programming

• Created, developed and implemented the Light of Day project, a statewide university journalism program that teaches college students from more than eight schools how to use the Texas Public Information Act for investigative stories. The project led to several award-winning articles published in the Dallas Observer, the Fort Worth Weekly, the Bryan-College Station Eagle and The Associated Press.

• Improved attendance at the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s (NFOIC) annual conference 75 percent by creating alliances with and marketing to other like-minded organizations.

• Redesigned agenda for the First Amendment Institute and included additional tracks for attorneys. This allowed course to receive Continuing Legal Education credits that raised attendance to the highest levels in three years.Initiated first legislative summit in conjunction with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ (FOIFT) annual state conference to identify and build upon the talking points for the next day’s panel discussions. Brought together other organizations with similar open government issues to help develop a positive legislative agenda.

 

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