Freedom of Information Essay Contest for Oklahoma College Students: Cash Prizes

Oklahoma college students are invited to enter FOI Oklahoma's first freedom of information essay contest.

Any student may enter by writing an essay of about 500 words on one of the following topics:

  • Do violations of Oklahoma's Open Meeting and Open Records laws diminish public confidence in state and local government?

  • Do Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws adequately encourage and facilitate an informed citizenry’s participation in state and local government?

  • Should the Oklahoma Legislature be subject to the state’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws?

Students are encouraged to do factual research on the topic but also to write creatively and personally, rather than to write a report. Entries should be typed and double-spaced.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winning essays. First prize is $300, second place is $200, and third place is $100.

Essay winners will be recognized and receive their prizes during FOI Oklahoma’s fourth annual Sunshine Week Conference on March 12 in Oklahoma City. (Prizes will be mailed to winners who cannot attend.)

Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Feb. 23.

E-mail entries as attachments to:

Joey Senat, OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications

Each entry must include at the top (single-spaced) the STUDENT’S:

  • Name
  • School
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address

If you have questions about the contest, please contact Joey Senat by e-mail or at (405) 744-8277.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the commentators and do not necessarily represent the position of FOI Oklahoma Inc., its staff, or its board of directors. Differing interpretations of open government law and policy are welcome.