JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — The Georgia Press Association feted The Valdosta Daily Times and editor Jim Zachary, director of the Transparency Project of Georgia, with its prestigious Freedom of Information Award at the association’s annual convention and awards banquet in Jekyll Island.
The press association said in a press release, “Through The Daily Times and editor Jim Zachary’s commitment to news coverage on the topic of freedom of information, strong editorials, speaking engagements, educational seminars and lobbying of state and local lawmakers, the paper worked to create a culture of open government where the public has the expectation of access to all government meetings and records, and local officials know they will be held accountable for meeting their open-government obligations.”
Zachary has now won the FOI award from GPA on three different occasions with three different newspapers. He also holds the David E. Hudson Award and in 2015 won the Associated Press Media Editors Freedom of Information Award.
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