2012 FOI Summit

2012 FOI Summit from Madison, WI

2012 FOI Summit Panels and Presentations

2012 FOI Summit Speakers and Presenters

2012 FOI Summit Keynote

2012 FOI Summit Sponsors

2012 FOI Summit Streaming



Friday, May 11

Saturday, May 12

In addition: SPJ holds social media training. Social Media for Journalists will be held May 11 in Madison. The day-long training session is available free for SPJ members or $30 for non-members. The session, held in the Capital Newspapers auditorium, 1901 Fish Hatchery Road, will begin at 10 am and conclude at 3:30 pm, with registration beginning at 9:30 am. Visit their site for more information.

Friday, May 11

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Round-table Conversation: Ideas Marketplace — Connecting and Networking: Technologies for Social Interaction and User-Generated Content

A round-table discussion with NFOIC executive director Ken Bunting, journalist and consultant Hyde Post, and Dan Bevarly, president, Public Communications Management Strategies about an exciting new initiative NFOIC has launched to better network and connect state and regional affiliates.

5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Hors d’œuvre, conversation and cash bar.

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Saturday, May 12

8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m


  • NFOIC Annual Membership Meeting
  • Presided over by Lucy Dalglish, president, NFOIC board of directors and executive director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. (Annual business meeting convenes promptly at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Panel discussion Fighting FOI Erosion
  • A panel of in-the-trenches FOI advocates discusses recent legal and legislative assaults on openness, examining significant challenges and trends in state legislatures, Congress and state and federal courts.
  • Panelists include: Linda Petersen, managing editor, The Valley Journals, and president, Utah Foundation for Open Government; Toby Nixon, president, Washington Coalition for Open Government, and Kirkland (Wa.) City Council member; Amy Bennett, assistant director, OpenTheGovernment.org; and Kel McClanahan, executive director, National Security Counselors.

    Moderated by: Frank Gibson, public policy director, Tennessee Press Association.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Panel discussion — Telltale Lenses

A panel discusses the impact and issues surrounding instant digital photography as a source of public information.

Panelists include: Robert Drechsel, professor of journalism & mass communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Mickey H. Osterreicher, counsel to Hiscock & Barclay, LLP and general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA); and Gina Barton, investigative reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Moderated by: Lucy Dalglish, executive director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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12:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Keynote and Hall of Fame Luncheon

  • Remarks and welcome from Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote address by Gene Policinski, senior vice president/executive director of the First Amendment Center.
  • State Open Government Hall of Fame Induction — This year’s inductee is Toby Nixon, president of Washington Coalition for Open Government (WCOG) and a city council member in Kirkland, Washington.

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2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Panel discussion — Transparency in a Post-Citizens United Super PAC World

A panel of experts and scholars looks at the impact and the likely long-range effect on campaign-finance transparency from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case.

Panelists include: Brendan Fischer, law fellow, Center for Media and Democracy; Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, assistant professor of law, Stetson University College of Law; and Mark Horvit, executive director, Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Moderated by: Mike McCabe, executive director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

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3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Panel discussion — The Governor’s Daily Schedule:  His or her business?  Or yours?

Has the governor split for Argentina? Is his or her daily schedule a closely guarded secret? A panel examines the varied policies and practices in statehouses around the country and weighs in on the best and worst of them. Is the schedule accessible in advance? Is the public record accessible after the fact?

Panelists include: Jeri Clausing, supervisory correspondent, The Associated Press, Albuquerque; Peter Scheer, executive director, First Amendment Coalition; Matt DeCample, communications director and spokesman for Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.

Moderated by: Andy Hall, executive director, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

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5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Closing Reception

Hors d’œuvre, conversation and cash bar.

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