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

Oklahoma college students are invited to enter FOI Oklahoma’s third annual freedom of information essay contest by writing a paper 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?

  • Should the public have access to emails and other written communications between Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and her Cabinet regarding the creation and implementation of state policy?

Please include at the top of your essay the question you are answering. No other title, please.
Students should research the topic as well as write creatively and personally.
Entries must be typed and double-spaced.
Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners respectively.
Essay winners will be recognized and receive their prizes during FOI Oklahoma’s sixth annual Sunshine Week Conference on March 9 at OU's Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication in Norman.
Winning essays will be distributed at the conference and published on FOI Oklahoma’s website.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Feb. 25.
Send entries as email attachments to Joey Senat, OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications, at Entries are preferred in Word or PDF format.
Each entry must include in the top left-hand corner (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.