It was a great honor for me this weekend to be presented with the 2010 Max Dalton Open Government Award from the Idaho Newspaper Foundation; there’s info here. Here are the other nominees for the award this year:
* Melody Finley, who has been a watchdog on government spending in the city of Wendell.
* The Idaho Freedom Foundation, whose Web site, OurIdaho.com, packages public information about agencies around the state in a searchable format.
* The Boise Guardian and Caldwell Guardian, two activist Web sites that have worked separately and together on open government topics.
* Paul Alldredge of Caldwell, a long-time open government advocate who operates the blog Caldwell Guardian.
I appreciate all who work for openness in our government, which not only is key for journalists like me to do our jobs, but for our entire system of self-government to function - people have to be informed about what their government is doing, in order to participate effectively in that government.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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