Tennessee Coalition for Open Government seeks to preserve, protect and improve citizen access to public information and open government in Tennessee through an alliance of citizens, journalists and civic groups. Our focus is research and education because we believe knowledgeable citizens are the best way to protect the free flow of information.
TCOG’s mission rests on the belief that access to government information, through public records and public meetings, is crucial in allowing informed citizen participation in a democratic society.
Since its inception in 2003, TCOG has provided workshops and presentations, and provided on-the-spot free guidance to thousands of Tennessee residents, including professional journalists, civic groups and college students. It has conducted research into open government issues, providing education to citizens, journalists and lawmakers.
TCOG’s method is to work through a unique nonpartisan alliance of citizens, media and civic groups interested in preserving access to government information and public meetings. We are a member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
We have five key programs:
- Help Line for open government problems
- Public presentations
- Journalist and student training
- Surveys and audits
- News and resources
You can support TCOG’s work by becoming a member and making a donation. We are a 501(c)(3) and contributions are tax-deductible. You can also keep up with open government news by signing up for our email newsletter, liking our Facebook page and sharing our posts, or subscribing to our blog. TCOG has one employee, you can reach her at the contact information below.
TCOG executive director, Deborah Fisher
Mailing address: P.O. Box 22248, Nashville, TN 37202