Newsletter May 2019.

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Nominations Open for 2019 Madison-Andersen, Bunting Awards

Nominations are now open for annual awards to recognize individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of open government, to be presented in September by the Washington Coalition for Open Government.
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Right to Photograph Public Records Affirmed

Some court clerks in Washington have adopted the practice of barring reporters from taking photographs of public court records with cell phones. Now that restriction is going away.
The Washington Coalition for Open Government and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association recently confirmed that journalists can take pictures of public court documents when inspecting them in person.
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Shorecrest Student Wins Open Government Essay Prize


Emory Hoelscher-Hull of Shorecrest High School has won the 2019 Scott Johnson Open Government Essay Competition, administered by the Washington Coalition for Open Government.“What is ‘open government’ to me, and why should it matter to my generation?” was the 2019 topic of the contest. Hoelscher-Hull will receive a $1,000 prize funded by Stokes Lawrence law firm, Seattle. The contest is intended to help to educate young people about the importance of open government principles, and honors the memory of Scott Johnson, a former WCOG board member and attorney with Stokes Lawrence.
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Legislative Session 2019: A Mixed Success

The Washington State Legislature ended its 105-day session on April 28, giving WCOG mixed success in our legislative priorities for 2019 and several issues to keep watching. For the Coalition’s top issues:
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Transparency Through Technology Conference Draws Interest

TMore than 65 transparency advocates, government workers, journalists and librarians gathered in Lynnwood on March 29 for the Washington Coalition on Open Government’s Transparency Through Technology conference. Panelists and speakers addressed how digital technology and records management software can be used to facilitate transparent government, through proactive disclosure of high-interest records and digitized archives.
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