Two big winners this week for outstanding open govt. work by newspapers:
Today, Mark Mahoney of the of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y., won a Pulitzer for editorial writing "for his relentless, down-to-earth editorials on the perils of local government secrecy, effectively admonishing citizens to uphold their right to know." http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2009-Editorial-Writing.
Last week, The Oklahoman was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists for Public Service in Online Journalism for its "Your Right to Know" series (http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=878#878). The paper, reporter Bryan Dean and opinion writer Owen Canfield won SPJ First Amendment Awards from the Fort Worth Pro Chapter (http://newsok.com/news-staff-wins-awards/article/3362628) for work on open government issues.