Cash prizes to be awarded in FOI essay contest for Oklahoma college students

Oklahoma college students are invited to enter FOI Oklahoma’s second annual freedom of information essay contest.

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

  • How have you used Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws to encourage and facilitate an informed citizenry’s participation in government?

  • How do violations of Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws by public universities and colleges diminish public confidence in higher education?

  • Are Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws adequately enforced to protect the public’s need to know?

Students should research the topic as well as write creatively and personally.

Entries must be typed and double-spaced.

Essay winners will be recognized and receive their prizes during FOI Oklahoma’s fifth annual Sunshine Week Conference on March 10 in Oklahoma City.

Winning essays will be distributed at the conference and published on FOI Oklahoma’s website.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Feb. 22.

E-mail entries as attachments to Joey Senat, OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications, at

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

  • Name
  • School
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

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

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.