Sept. 14, 2017 | Transparency = Real News

The FOI Foundation of Texas state conference “Transparency = Real News” is set for Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at the Hilton Austin, 500 E. Fourth St., in downtown Austin.

Texas Sen. Kirk Watson, a champion of open government in the Legislature, will be the keynote luncheon speaker. Panel discussions will focus on use of public records to report in-depth on what’s really happening to counter “fake news;” online public access to court records in Texas; and recent legislative activity pertaining to open government. See the agenda here.

Among the panelists are state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake; Rep. Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches; David Foy, director of state government affairs for RELX, a provider of information and analytics; Eric Dexheimer, investigative reporter at the Austin American-Statesman; Blake Hawthorne, clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas; Art Markman, University of Texas professor of psychology and marketing who has written about the impact of “fake news” and who has a radio show called Two Guys on Your Head; and several others.

The conference luncheon is included in the registration. We will present the James Madison Award to open government and First Amendment advocate Jim Moroney of the Dallas Morning News; Lawmaker of the Year Awards to two Texas legislators; and the State Bar of Texas Gavel Awards to outstanding journalists. Winners of the Spirit of FOI Awards will be honored at the start of the conference.

The daylong conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Registration is open. Single ticket registration is $125. Lunch is included. Luncheon-only tickets are available for $75.

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

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Those wishing to pay by check can mail payments to:
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
3001 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 302
Austin, Texas 78705

Hotel rooms at a rate of $239 each are no longer available at the Hilton for the night of Sept. 13. The room block has sold out. You are welcome to contact the Hilton directly to find the best available rate at 1-800-236-1592.

Other hotels nearby include Hyatt House Austin-Downtown; Hampton Inn and Suites; Holiday Inn Express and Suites-Downtown; and Extended Stay America Inn. South of downtown on I-35 are several Marriott properties with more affordable rates: Austin Marriott South; Springhill Suites Austin South; and Courtyard Austin South.

Self-parking for the conference in the Hilton garage is $10 per vehicle. Be sure to pick up your parking validation ticket on conference day to receive this rate.