Need a refresher course on open records laws? Want to hear a Ukrainian diplomat’s take on the annexation of Crimea? Looking for a primer on Bridgegate? What about efforts to make government data more accessible to the public?
All of those topics will be discussed at the 3rd annual Media and Democratic Governance Conference on Friday, April 11 hosted by the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration in collaboration with the NJ Society of Professional Journalists and the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives. The event, in the school’s Center for Public Service, 111 Washington St., Newark, runs from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Feel free to stay all day or just drop in for an hour or so.
Among the dozen or so speakers and panelists: Yuriy Sergeyev, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations (Crimea); Richard Brodsky, chair, New York State Assembly Committee (Bridgegate); John Reitmeyer, Trenton correspondent for The Bergen Record; Thomas MacLeod, New Jersey Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union; Professor Bernard Bell, Rutgers Law School; Felix Deat, doctoral candidate; Debbie Galant, director, New Jersey News Commons, Montclair State University; Seth Wainer, senior technology policy advisor, city of Newark, NJ.; Joe Malinconico, award-winning reporter, The Paterson Press; and Rudolf Okonkwo, a syndicated columnist who writes about Nigeria.
A lot of good people are coming together. We hope to see you there!