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October 2016

League hosts seminar on Local Government Ethics Law

October 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Holiday Inn, 283 Route 17 South
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604 United States
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  The League of Municipalities is hosting a seminar on compliance with the Local Government Ethics Law, a topic that has been the subject of numerous NJFOG posts. Sessions are Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, 2016. Fee applies. We hope the League recommends disclosure for matters that fall into “the gray area.” Sunlight is best!    

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League hosts seminar on Local Government Ethics Law

October 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Hotel ML, 915 Route 73
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 United States
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  The League of Municipalities is hosting a seminar on compliance with the Local Government Ethics Law, a topic that has been the subject of numerous NJFOG posts. Sessions are Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, 2016. Fee applies. We hope the League recommends disclosure for matters that fall into “the gray area.” Sunlight is best!    

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November 2016

North Jersey Media v. Lyndhurst Twp. (NJ Supreme Court hearing)

November 7, 2016 - November 9, 2016
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North Jersey Media v. Lyndhurst Twp:   The NJ Supreme Court will hear oral argument on this case on either Nov. 7 or Nov. 9, 2016.  This is a change of date -- previously the Court scheduled argument for either Oct. 11 or Oct. 13. This is the case that greatly restricted the public's access to police records.

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“Judges and Journalists: A dialogue on accuracy and access”

November 14, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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  This free all-day workshop at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia may interest transparency advocates and citizen journalists alike. It will feature panels with prominent judges, journalists and Philadelphia Bar Association attorneys and will cover questions such as: What do judges wish journalists knew about how courts work? What do journalists wish judges understood about their craft? Do we need new rules of engagement for the digital age? Limited space. Learn more and register HERE. This free event includes…

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January 2017

SPJ-NJ’s Annual Excellence in Journalism Contest

January 4 - March 10

SPJ-NJ's annual Excellence in Journalism contest is now open. Entries may be submitted through March 10 (March 17 for the Awbrey Award) **. Open government advocates who are citizen journalists or who run hyper-local news sites may wish to take part in SPJ-NJ's contest! There are many categories and you can enter more than one. See SPJ-NJ's website for more about contest categories and how to enter.   **UPDATE (2/27/17):  Deadlines were previously March 1 (March 8 for the Awbrey…

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Free Seminar on Election Security at Princeton U: “Reengineering Elections in the USA”

January 19 @ 8:00 pm
Small Auditorium, Room CS 105, Computer Science Building, Princeton University, NJ, Route 27
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States
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This seminar is being given as part of the January 2017 joint meeting of the Princeton ACM and IEEE-CS chapters. The seminar is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.   SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: "Reengineering Elections in the USA" (from the event flyer) How secure are our elections? What could we do to ensure that every vote counts? It is a well-known and demonstrable fact that a significant percentage of the voting and ballot tabulation systems currently used…

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March 2017
Free

Free Sunshine Week OPRA/OPMA seminar – March 20 (new date)

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bellmawr Baptist Church, 328 Creek Road
Bellmawr, NJ 08031 United States
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  NJFOG's March 13 seminar was cancelled due to snow and is rescheduled for March 20.  Same place and time.  If you already registered, there is no need to re-register.  We hope you can make it on March 20!   SAVE THE NEW DATE AND REGISTER BELOW!   NJFOG is holding an open government seminar in Camden County on Monday, March 13 20, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Bellmawr Baptist Church, 328 Creek Road, Bellmawr, NJ 08031.  There is…

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April 2017

SKILLS FEST 2017: Tech skills you need to succeed in today’s journalism market

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
New Jersey Institute of Technology, 323 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102 United States
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  Attention citizen journalists, bloggers, and activists! Fine tune your technical skills and learn some new ones at a day-long Skills Fest hosted by the NJ Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ-NJ). The event is on Saturday, 4/22/2017, 10AM-3PM at NJIT in Newark. You can learn how to create and use video, tell an audio story, use social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat in a story, and more. Skills Fest brings together some of the best professionals…

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