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January 2017

SPJ-NJ’s Annual Excellence in Journalism Contest

January 4 - March 10

May 19, 2017:  WINNERS ANNOUNCED!   SPJ's Excellence in Journalism Contest winners are in! A hat tip to Anne Forline of the South Jersey Observer, Sergio Bichao of NJ101.5, and Christopher Baxter and Matthew Stanmyre of NJ Advance Media/Newark Star-Ledger, all winners of the Tim O'Brien Award "for meritorious use of public records requests."  There are more than 130 winners in New Jersey.  Join SPJ-NJ at its June 25, 2017 awards brunch!  For more information, see:  http://www.njspj.org/winners-announced/     Information…

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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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Free

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 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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June 2017

Navigating the weird world of OPRA requests

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Morehead Hall, Room 143 (basement) Montclair State University, Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07043 United States
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The Center for Cooperative Media is hosting a FREE class on OPRA that features some awesome speakers. Mark your calendar for June 6 and register here. Space is limited, so don't delay. At this training, investigative reporter S.P. Sullivan and local government researcher Marc Pfeiffer will explain how to make an OPRA request and provide insight on how to better navigate the process to obtain the information you're seeking. Read more about the speakers on the registration page. Need more information?…

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Free OPRA/OPMA forum on June 20 in Burlington County!

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Bishop Farmstead Barn, 17 Pemberton Road
Southampton Township, NJ 08088 United States
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UPDATE (6/21/2017):  If you didn't see NJFOG's seminar in Southampton last night, you missed a great presentation. It was live-streamed -- thank you Citizen's Media TV -- so you can watch it HERE. Presenter John Paff was mega-revved from his same-day NJ Supreme Court win, both entertaining and on-point throughout! NJFOG's own video of the event will be posted soon and available on our Youtube channel. Many thanks to all the attendees and volunteers, to the presenters, and especially to…

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August 2017

GRC’s 11th Annual OPRA Seminar in Trenton, NJ

August 10 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
New Jersey State Museum auditorium, Trenton, NJ + Google Map

The New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC) will hold its 11th Annual Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Seminar on Thursday August 10, 2017. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program will start at 9:30 and end about 3:30 p.m. The morning session is an OPRA presentation by the GRC's Executive Director Joseph D. Glover and the afternoon session is entitled "Cyber Hygiene" and will be presented by March Pfeiffer of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center. Mr. Pfeiffer will…

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October 2017

2017 Freedom of Information (FOI) Summit

October 13 - October 14
First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, 1207 18th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37212 United States
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The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government (TCOG) will co-host the 2017 FOI Summit in Nashville, Tennessee on Oct. 13-14, 2017.      

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