Last Wednesday, March 15, the Newseum Institute and the Project On Government Oversight co-hosted the James Madison Award Ceremony. The award is presented annually by the American Library Association to a group or individual who has protected and promoted open access to information and the public’s right to know. This year, Sari Feldman, CEO of Cuyahoga County Public Library and former president of the ALA, presented the award to Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.
The ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on accessing government information in the Trump administration. The panel featured influential members of the press, including Nancy Youssef, Buzzfeed News senior national security correspondent, and Mark Tapscott, executive editor of Daily Caller News Foundation; as well as civil liberties activists, including Michael Macleod-Ball, chief of staff at the Washington ACLU Legislative Office. The panelists focused on practical advice for journalists and members of the public on accessing government data.
Wednesday’s event marked Sunshine Week (March 12 – 18), an annual event that educates the public on freedom of information resources.