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9th Street Journal staff, from left to right, Nina Moske, Jacqueline Cole, and Gabrielle Lazor

9th Street Journal wins Frank Barrows Award

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition presented the 2024 Frank Barrows Award for Excellence in Student Journalism to the 9th Street Journal for its series examining obscure local boards and commissions in Durham. Student journalists at the 9th Street Journal launched the project to find out what happens at the public meetings of public bodies

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N.C. Senator Graig Meyer

N.C. Senator Graig Meyer Wins Sunshine Award for Public Service

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition presented the Sunshine Award for Government Service to N.C. Senator Graig Meyer for his efforts to publicize anti-transparency policies and procedures at the North Carolina legislature. In September 2023, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a sweeping legislative privilege law that allowed lawmakers to decide for themselves what records

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Joshua Rohrer

Veteran Joshua Rohrer Wins Sunshine Award for Citizen Advocacy

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition presented the Sunshine Award for Citizen Advocacy to Joshua Rohrer, a veteran who is calling for more public access to police body camera footage. After serving in the armed forces in Iraq, Joshua Rohrer suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. After a while, he became homeless. On October 13, 2021,

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Michael Hewlett

Assembly NC Reporter Michael Hewlett Wins Sunshine Award for Journalism

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition presented the Sunshine Award for Journalism to Michael Hewlett, a reporter for the Assembly NC, for his investigation into the prosecution of Charles McNeair and his quest for clemency. Hewlett’s reporting of the McNeair case captures in devastating detail the stakes of the criminal justice system and the importance

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NC Court of Appeals Delivers Massive Win for Access Advocates, Clarifies Attorneys’ Fees Statute in Gray Media v. City of Charlotte

A North Carolina appeals court has reaffirmed that records produced by government officials and stored with private contractors are the property of the people and subject to the North Carolina Public Records Act. In Gray Media v. City of Charlotte, the North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously held that the city violated the public records

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