A core principle of the League of Women Voters is the belief “that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.” The Missouri Sunshine Coalition is dedicated to that principle, and LWVMO is a founding member of MSC. With that in mind, please consider the following invitation:
Missouri Sunshine Coalition partners with Open Missouri for 2011 Sunshine Week event:
What: *Missouri Sunshine Coalition annual meeting and Sunshine Week celebration*
Where: Reynolds Journalism Institute on the University of Missouri campus, Columbia, Missouri
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Missouri Sunshine Coalition’s annual meeting will take place during the luncheon session of a free special event to celebrate Sunshine Week 2011 and will include the annual board election, a report on the MSC’s statewide records audit and presentation of the coalition’s nominees for Sunshine Hero awards.
MSC and Open Missouri will present a full day of discussions and hands-on training for citizens and journalists interested in transparent government and public records. This promises to be a great opportunity to learn how you can benefit from the explosion in government data. Bill Allison, the editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to deliver the keynote address about how journalists and others can tap into the rich well of government data.
Trainers from Investigative Reporters and Editors will lead optional hands-on classes in finding, downloading and using state and local government data.
State and local government agencies are collecting and storing massive amounts of public information in computerized form. We’re going show how Missouri journalists and news organizations already are using data for their stories, graphics and websites. Also, we have a great lineup of open-government advocates, journalists and government officials who will provide guidance about how to effectively use the Missouri Sunshine Law to get the data you need.
*Registration is free:*
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