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SPJ OREGON LOBBYING FOR REFORM
We’re excited to announce a first for SPJ Oregon: We’ve launched a fundraising campaign to help us lobby for public records reform in Salem. Your donations will go toward hiring a lobbyist on our behalf.
In a year of extreme partisanship, there is an area of common ground we can all stand on and it's this: We want to know more about what our public employees and elected officials are doing inside all those buildings we pay so much for.
We are at a crucial point in time — right now — to be able to change Oregon's public information laws for the better.
The Oregon Legislature is taking up records reform in the 2017 session with legislative concepts coming in from the governor and attorney general. This is the third attempt in the 40 years since our original open records law was passed.
The two previous attempts at public records reform failed.
We at the Oregon chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists believe the time is ripe for the sort of real reform that Oregon deserves. But it won't be easy. And it won't happen without your support.
We are up against powerful, monied interests and plain ol' inertia. Legislators have been happy to chip away at Oregon law with more than 500 exemptions to records requests, but reversing course is going to be much harder. Add to that, many of the folks who use and love public records law — investigative journalists — are ethically bound not to directly influence policymakers.
So we need a lobbyist — someone who can do the nitty-gritty work to get the reform passed that we need.
Among the changes SPJ is advocating for: adding an opt-out provision to the mediation process of a Public Records Advocate so it doesn't become another layer of delay; ensuring Advocate opinions can hold elected officials accountable — without going to court; and requiring agencies to respond to most public records requests within 10 days.
Please consider donating so that everyone can access them, including local reporters who will continue to bring you stories about your government that inform, verify and hold people accountable.
Last fall, we solicited feedback from SPJ members and those who had entered the 2015 contest about changes to make the contest more manageable for organizers and more in tune with the evolving media landscape. This year, we have eliminated divisions based on publication frequency and medium, and instead have newsroom size divisions for awards in writing, photography, design, audio and video categories.
This contest is managed by SPJ Region 10 and is open to all journalists, regardless of SPJ membership status, within Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon. Judging will be completed by a sister SPJ Region and winners will be announced this spring. Money raised from the contest is the main funding source for SPJ Oregon programs and activities, including the annual conference, our Public Records Grant Program and happy hour events.
Find answers to frequency asked contest questions on the Region 10 blog.
CRAFTING WITH COMMENTS (AND WINE)
Speaking of happy hour, we invite you to our upcoming speaker and craft session from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Blackbird Wineshop & Atomic Cheese Bar in Portland.
Our guest speaker is Aja Bogdanoff of Civil Comments, a Portland-based company that provides a patent-pending peer review system to keep online comments non-toxic and fun.
We’ll also learn some basic embroidery skills with a group-led craft project. Bring your best (or worst) reader comment and we'll show you how to embroider it onto fabric, suitable for display, framing or ritualistic cleansing.
Cost for the craft project includes your own embroidery starter kit: hoop, fabric, needle and floss (thread.)
We’ll lubricate our compassion and our creativity with wine and cheese at Blackbird while we chat with colleagues.
Our regular, no-cost Portland Media Night meetup with light snacks begins at 6 pm. The guest speaking and stitching (cost of $7) begins at 7 pm.