2009 FOI Summit Sponsors

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The National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information would like to thank the sponsors for their generous support for this year's FOI Summit in Minneapolis.

Without their support, it would be impossible to bring together FOI advocates from across the nation to further our work, which is to spread the growth of grassroots freedom of information advocates and promote open government at all levels.

Please show them your support by visiting their sites and learning more about the good work they do.

Our Sponsors

The Associated Press—The Associated Press is the backbone of the world's information system serving thousands of daily newspaper, radio, television and online customers with coverage in all media and news in all formats. It is the largest and oldest news organization in the world, serving as a source of news, photos, graphics, audio and video. AP's mission is to be the essential global news network, providing distinctive news services of the highest quality, reliability and objectivity with reports that are accurate, balanced and informed. AP operates as a not-for-profit cooperative with more than 4,000 employees working in more than 240 worldwide bureaus. AP is owned by its 1,500 U.S. daily newspaper members. They elect a board of directors that directs the cooperative.

Bloomberg—The success of Bloomberg L.P. is due to the constant innovation of our products, unrivaled dedication to customer service and the unique way in which we constantly adapt to an ever-changing marketplace. The New York-based company employs more than 10,000 people in over 135 offices around the world. Bloomberg is about information: accessing it, reporting it, analyzing it and distributing it, faster and more accurately than any other organization. The BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service, the core product of Bloomberg, is the fastest-growing real-time financial information network in the world.

CSPRA—The Coalition for Sensible Public Records Access (CSPRA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the principle of open public record access to ensure consumers and businesses the continued freedom to collect and use for personal and commercial benefit the information made available in the public record. The information provided within the CSPRA website by our sponsors is intended to educate policymakers and the public about the critical role public records play in our society and to illustrate the serious, unintended consequences that result from efforts to implement access and use restrictions.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP—Davis Wright Tremaine provides legal solutions customized to its clients' particular needs from offices across the United States and in China. We offer a full-service practice and deep focus in a number of industries, including media, communications, technology, energy, and health care.

The Freedom Forum—The Freedom Forum, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three priorities: the Newseum, the First Amendment and newsroom diversity. The Freedom Forum is the main funder of the operations of the Newseum, an interactive museum of news in Washington, D.C.; the First Amendment Center; and the Diversity Institute. The First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute are housed in the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The First Amendment Center also has offices in Washington and the Diversity Institute has offices and programs at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Knight Foundation—The Knight Foundation is a national foundation with local roots. We choose, as the Knight brothers chose, to seek opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. We want to ensure that each community's citizens get the information they need to thrive in a democracy. And we ask, as we evaluate opportunities and grants, "Is this truly transformational?" The NFOIC is supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Society of Professional Journalists (sponsoring Sunshine Chair travel scholarships)—The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.

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