Sept. 14, 2017 | Transparency = Real News

The FOI Foundation of Texas state conference “Transparency = Real News” will be Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at the Hilton Austin, 500 E. Fourth St., in downtown Austin. Stay tuned for details on speakers.

Panel discussions will focus on use of public records to debunk “fake news;” access to court records; and recent legislative activity pertaining to open government.

The conference luncheon includes presentation of the James Madison Award to an open government and First Amendment advocate and the State Bar of Texas Gavel Awards to outstanding journalists. Winners of the Spirit of FOI Awards also will be honored at the conference.

The daylong conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Registration is open. Early bird single ticket registration is $110 until Sept. 1, then the price increases to $125. Lunch is included. Luncheon table and half-table sponsorships that cover registration and lunch for multiple attendees are also available.

Register for the conference by clicking here, or the button below.

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Hotel rooms at a rate of $239 each are  available at the Hilton for the night of Sept. 13. This rate is available until Aug. 14 or until the block fills up, whichever comes first. Reserve your room by going to this direct link https://aws.passkey.com/go/FOIFoundation

Guests can also call the Hilton central reservations line directly 1-800-236-1592. Reference the group, Freedom of Information Foundation of TX State Conference, or the group code, FIT913, in order to receive the group rate.