tntransparency

About

Tennessee Transparency Project (ttP) is a grass roots citizens advocacy project promoting openness in local government, advocating for citizens who believe their rights of access have been denied, assisting journalists as they strive to serve as a public watchdog and providing important information for public officials regarding the ethics of government transparency.

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DISCLAIMER: The Tennessee Transparency Project does not provide legal counsel. The opinions / views expressed on this site or by any representative do not constitute a legal opinion and should not be used as a legal argument or defense of position. The Tennessee Transparency Project is a research project and resource for information regarding open meetings and open records issues facing Tennessee citizens.

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Project Director Jim Zachary

Project Director Jim Zachary is a newspaper veteran who has championed open records and open meetings causes throughout his career. Largely due to his work as a public watchdog, Zachary has been recognized by his peers with accomplishments that include: 

       • 2013 Freedom of Information Award – Georgia Press Association

  • 2012 U.T. Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award-winner for Editorials
  • 2012 Tennessee Press Association winner General Excellence
  • 2012 Tennessee Press Association winner Best Humor Column
  • 2011 U.T. Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award-winner for Editorials
  • 2011 U.T. Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award-winner Single Editorial
  • 2011 Tennessee Press Association winner Best Education Reporting
  • 2010 U.T. Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award-winner for Public Service
  • 2010 U.T. Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award-winner for Editorials
  • 2009 U.T. Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award-winner for Editorials
  • 2008 U.T. Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award-winner for Editorials
  • 2008 – 2010 Tennessee Press Association multiple award-winner writing, design, etc.
  • 2005 Meeman Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing, First Place Tennessee Press Association
  • 2004 General Excellence, Non Daily Newspapers, Tennessee Press Association
  • 2004 Second Place for Best Editorial, National Newspaper Association (NNA)
  • 2001 – 2004 First Place Best Special Edition (four consecutive years) Tennessee Press Association

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