Web site: 8,568 pages viewed
VCOG's Web site averaged nearly 200 daily visitors in
Page views totaled more than 8,500 in the same month, with a
number of visitors from outside the U.S.
Among the most popular pages are those featuring the text of the
Virginia Freedom of Information Act, an overview of the act, and an
archive of FOIA opinions.
N.C., Tenn. forming open-government
New open-government coalitions are forming in Tennessee and
North Carolina, with support from VCOG and the National Freedom of
Frosty Landon recently keynoted an organizational meeting in
North Carolina. More than 50 representatives of journalism,
government and public-interest groups attended.
Organizers of the Tennessee coalition were hosts for the annual
NFOIC conference, held in Nashville in May.
Thirty six states now have open-government groups.
Meet VCOG's intern
The Coalition is fortunate to have the help this summer of a
University of Virginia rising fourth-year student, Alison Ferland,
as our Laurence E. Richardson Legal Fellow.
The fellowship is named after one of the Coalition's
founding members, Larry Richardson of Charlottesville Broadcasting,
who died in 1999. The endowment for the fellowship was a gift from
Richardson's widow, Catharine, who passed away in June.
Alison came highly recommended from the Thomas Jefferson Center,
where she volunteered last summer. She is majoring in politics at
UVA, with an American government concentration, and is minoring in
sociology. She took the LSATs in June and hopes to attend law
school in the Fall of 2004.
Alison graduated high school in Gainesville, Fla., but now lives
in Palmyra. She is heavily involved in volunteer work tutoring
elementary school students, assisting families who have children
with cerebral palsy and lending support to victims of domestic
U. of South Carolina hires Dr. Shirley
Shirley Staples Carter, a founding director of the Virginia
Coalition for Open Government, recently was named director of the
School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of
Dr. Carter served on the VCOG board while director of the mass
communications department at Norfolk State University.
More recently, she directed the journalism program at Wichita
Ham Smith honored
Washington and Lee University's Hampden H.
"Ham" Smith III recently was given the George Mason
Award for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism.
Smith, chair of Washington & Lee's Department of
Journalism and Mass Communication since 1989, was honored last
month by the Virginia chapter of the Society of Professional
Smith is a member of the Coalition's board of