Saturday, August 25, 2007

Open Government, Open Records: You're Invited!

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Team 4 Investigative Reporter Jim Parsons and I have been working on a special event and you're invited to join us.

We think you'll find it interesting, whether you work in the news media or you're someone who wants to learn more about your rights as a Pennsylvania citizen to access public records.

It's a Forum on Open Government & Pennsylvania Open Records Law Workshop on September 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the William Pitt Student Union on Pitt's Oakland campus. The event is co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition.

I'm on the local SPJ board, and Jim's on the board of the PaFOIC. It turns out that both organizations were working on similar programs, so we decided to pool our efforts and invite the public to join us. The event is free and you don't have to pre-register, but please RSVP if you can.

You can learn more about it by checking out Pittsburgh SPJ's website, and using the "click here for details" link in the top banner. If there are updates to the program, we'll provide them there. The Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition's (PaFOIC) website is a great place for exploring the subject.

In the days ahead, I'll be posting links to articles and information of interest on related topics here on The Busman's Holiday.


2 comments:

Dani K said...

you might also be interested in the PA Newspaper Association's blog, www.passopenrecords.org

Anonymous said...

I wish the open records law was updated and would actually become a "model" like some other states. A a person who has actually sent right to know letters it's tough. Any municipality can thumb their nose at your request and just say "sue us".