Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government

The fifth annual celebration of democracy, bringing together Iowa’s leading advocates for open government and the rights of a free press, will be held Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Dozens of people will attend the various events, shining a light on open meetings and open records issues and opportunities.


Below are details of the 2017 event. 

 **OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**

Schedule:

FOI Roundtable
Topic: Iowa's Creeping Secrecy
Sponsored by Register Media, the Iowa Newspaper Association and the Iowa Freedom of Information Council
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Des Moines Register Community Room
Capital Square lower level
400 Locust St., Des Moines

Iowa Freedom of Information Council Annual Business Meeting
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Des Moines Register Community Room
Capital Square lower level
400 Locust St., Des Moines

IowaWatch Banquet

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m.


$55 per plate

Join the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism as it brings attention to the importance of open government and a news media free of government restriction in a thriving democracy.
• IFOIC presents annual Harrison “Skip” Weber Friend of the First Amendment
• IowaWatch presents Steve Berry Free Press Champion
• IowaWatch presents Randy Brubaker Free Press Champion
• Guest Speaker Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg News Service's Trump Reporter

Presenting Sponsors: Iowa Freedom of Information Council

Registration is required for evening banquet. Please register by Thursday, September 28.

To register click here

Parking is available in the 7th and Grand Garage, the 9th and Locust Garage and the Greater Des Moines Partnership Garage. Valet Parking is also available at the Marriott.

Event Sponsors:
Iowa Freedom of Information Council
IowaWatch
Iowa Newspaper Foundation

Other Sponsors:
The Des Moines Register
Iowa Broadcasters Association
Faegre Baker Daniels
SJMC UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

 

Promote the Event

Help promote this important schedule of events. PSAs are available in various sizes. Click the links below to download.

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View videos from the 2015 FOI Roundtable:

Public records forum on police body cameras