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June 21, 2013 12:24 PM

From North Carolina Open Government Coalition:  Jonathan D. Jones, currently an assistant district attorney for Durham County, will become director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and Sunshine Center in mid-August. He also will teach courses in Elon University’s School of Communications.

As the NCOGC director, his duties will include working with the coalition's board to organize the state’s annual Sunshine Day, advising citizens about open government issues, producing webinars or workshops around the state, handling communication for the coalition, and finding new ways to inform North Carolina citizens of the value and processes of open government in the state.

“Having an open and accessible government is so important in a democracy, and Elon's School of Communications is honored to be the home of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition," said Paul Parsons, dean of the school and a member of the coalition's board of directors. "Jonathan Jones will help spread the word about the value and processes of open government, and we are thrilled he will be joining our faculty.”

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition is a member of NFOIC. --eds

March 5, 2013 4:27 PM


A panel discussion on the UNC athletic and academic scandals and an address from a nationally known open-government expert will headline an event Monday to celebrate the value of transparent government.

The N.C. Open Government Coalition and N.C. State Student Media will sponsor the annual Sunshine Day event, scheduled for 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State University. It’s part of Sunshine Week, a campaign for awareness about citizens’ right of access to government meetings and records.

Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, will deliver a keynote address. Later, a panel on the records battle surrounding the UNC scandal will include former UNC athletics director Dick Baddour; Kevin Schwartz, director/general manager of The Daily Tar Heel; Amanda Martin, general counsel to the N.C. Press Association and Jon Sasser, lawyer for former UNC football coach Butch Davis.

Tickets are $30, including lunch, and $18 for students. For registration information,  visit .

N.C. Open Government Coalition is a member of NFOIC.--eds.


July 10, 2012 10:50 AM


RALEIGH The new legislative and congressional districts drawn in 2011 by the Republican-led legislature are clear, but the process that produced them was clouded by closed-door politics, some contend.

Lawyers are expected to go before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to argue whether a state legislature that has described itself as “the most transparent” in “modern history” about its motives and criteria for the new districts is illegally holding back documents linked to the process.


March 14, 2012 1:10 PM

From Smoky Mountain News:

In this day of Twitter and the blogospere, an increasing number of everyday citizens are turning into reporters who shine a light on the inner workings of our government. We welcome them to join us as watchdogs of local government. We're all fighting for the same cause. And every one of those citizens has the same rights to information as members of the traditional media.

The N.C. Open Meetings Law has its shortcomings — particularly when it comes to personnel law — but it is also clear in its access to information. Here are a couple of points that citizen-journalists and readers might find interesting.

February 7, 2012 2:58 PM

From North Carolina Open Government Coalition:

Please join the North Carolina Open Government Coalition (NCOGC) for Sunshine Day from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Elon University.

Speakers will include veteran journalists from North Carolina and more than a dozen experts and advocates for open government, including our keynote speaker Barbara A. Petersen, the president of the First Amendment Foundation. We encourage citizens, journalists, government employees, librarians, lawyers, public officials, anyone and everyone to attend.

NCOGC and the First Amendment Foundation are members of NFOIC, and Barbara Petersen is director and past president of NFOIC.--eds.


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