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March 2017

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

March 20, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 - October 14, 2017
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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November 2017

OPMA/OPRA presentation with Senator Loretta Weinberg

November 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Ridgewood Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450 United States
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VIDEO AVAILABLE:  If you missed the Nov. 8, 2017 presentation, CLICK HERE for a wonderful video of the event courtesy of public advocacy organization Bergen Grassroots! *** The Ridgewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters is hosting a presentation featuring Senator Loretta Weinberg on November 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM at Ridgewood Village Hall.  Senator Weinberg will be joined by NJFOG officer Walter Luers, Esq. The Open Public Meetings and Records Acts (OPMA and OPRA) will be…

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NJFOG presentation in Burlington County on November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bethel AME Church, 512 N. Church Street
Moorestown, NJ 08057 United States
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  Program:  "OPRA/OPMA: Important Information for Citizen Activists"   The Southern Burlington County NAACP has invited the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) to present at its Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 7:00 PM meeting as part of the Chapter's Social Justice Advocacy Series devoted to highlighting the different ways and tools of advocacy for justice. The program "OPRA/OPMA: Important Information for Citizen Activists" will feature attorney Walter Luers, who will discuss the Open Public Records and Meetings Acts (OPRA and…

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