Freedom of Information Oklahoma, a state organization supporting government openness, is hosting its second annual Freedom of Information essay contest for Oklahoma college students.
Students can win cash prizes for writing an about 500-word essay answering one of several questions. The questions are:
- How have you used Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws to encourage and facilitate an informed citizenry’s participation in government?
- How do violations of Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws by public universities and colleges diminish public confidence in higher education?
- Are Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws adequately enforced to protect the public’s need to know?
Entries should be typed and double spaced, according to a release about the awards. It also states that each entry must include the following information (single-spaced, at the top of the page):
- Student’s name,
- Student’s mailing address,
- Student’s phone number, and
- Student’s email address.
Entries must be received before 5 p.m. Feb. 22. They may be e-mailed to Joey Senat at Joey.email@example.com.
Essay winners will be recognized during FOI Oklahoma’s fifth annual Sunshine Week Conference on March 10 in Oklahoma City, according to the release.
For more information about the contest, visit FOI Oklahoma’s post.