Are you the next co-chair of our FOI Committee?

SPJ NorCal’s FOI Committee Journalist Co-Chair just joined the SPJ NorCal board of directors. So now that seat is vacant, and we’re looking for a new Journalist Co-Chair. Might that be you?

The committee tracks and responds to FOI and First Amendment issues in Northern California, and it holds the annual James Madison Awards banquet honoring area FOI champions. It’s co-chaired by one journalist and one FOI attorney. (A complete description of the role is below.) This is a great opportunity for a journalist with experience and interest in these issues to take a leadership role in the journalism community and help ensure freedom of the press for Northern California news organizations.

Interested? Email us with your bio and an explanation of your interest at: 

Description: The responsibilities of the FOI Committee co-chairs are:

  • Along with the rest of the committee, monitor issues and legal matters concerning freedom of the press in Northern California
  • Spearhead efforts to submit letters, and occasionally amicus briefs, when situations so warrant
  • Organize events to bring the journalistic/legal community together, to provide a forum for discussion of relevant topics
  • Plan the annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards banquet (held in March)
  • Co-chair periodic meetings of the committee

Note: Co-chairs must be SPJ members. 
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