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Dallas Bar honors excellence in legal reporting

The Dallas Bar Association honored Dallas-Fort Worth area journalists who exemplify excellence in legal reporting with its 33rd Annual Stephen Philbin Awards on Friday. The grand prize was awarded to Michael Hall of Texas Monthly for “The Outcast,” which tells the story of a convicted sex offender who proclaims his innocence while trying to live … Continue Reading

Texas open records advocates request help fortifying public information act, honor journalists at annual conference

Champions of open government lamented incremental, compounding wounds to the Texas Public Information Act and suggested at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’s annual conference Thursday that state legislators need to step in to stop the bleeding. Jay Root, a reporter for The Texas Tribune, stated it plainly, calling the act “broken and taking … Continue Reading

Veteran Texas newswoman wins freedom of information award

Wanda Garner Cash, a veteran Texas newswoman and educator who has long fought for the public’s right to know, will receive the 2016 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment and open … Continue Reading

FOIFT annual conference pushes transparency, offers honors

A crowd of about 175 gathered Thursday at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual state conference and awards luncheon to honor legislators, advocates and award-winning journalists who push for transparency in government. Former Sen. Don Adams received the James Madison Award for his legacy; writing and passing the first Texas Open Records Act … Continue Reading

Texas Gavel Awards 2012 call for entries

The Texas Gavel Awards are presented by the State Bar of Texas to recognize journalistic excellence. The entry deadline for work produced in 2011 is April 2, 2012. Winners will be recognized at the annual Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (FOIFT) conference on August 10 in Austin.… Continue Reading
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