Register now for workshops in Asheville, Boone, Cullowhee

Journalists, media and IT professionals, civic leaders, public information officers, students and citizens interested in understanding public records and open data are invited to attend a workshop series to be held in April 3-5 in three locations across Western North Carolina.

Organized by Carolina Public Press, an online news service devoted to in-depth and investigative reporting, the “Full Disclosure” workshops will be held on April 3 at UNC Asheville, on April 4 at Western Carolina University, and on April 5 at Appalachian State University. Each will feature essential tools, guides and instruction needed to understand and access public records and data at the local, state and federal levels. Trainers will give instruct on what records are considered public according to state and federal law and how to combat challenges to getting information from the local to federal level. They will also provide up-to-date case studies — including court cases and proposed legislation — that may impact what records are considered public.

Trainers include Amanda Martin, N.C. Press Association’s general counsel; Jon Elliston, investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press; and Angie Newsome, executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press.

In addition to the training, each workshop will also feature a social and networking event where participants can discuss issues related to open government, data and records. Presenters will be available to answer questions.

The workshops are sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication, Community Newspapers Inc. — Franklin Region, Mountain Xpress, the N.C. Press Association, UNC Asheville’s Department of Mass Communication and Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication.

Admission is free for UNCA, WCU and ASU students with a student ID and $30 for all others. Advance registration is required, and seating is limited. Register at below or by calling (828) 279-0949.


The Full Disclosure workshop series is sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Department of CommunicationCommunity Newspapers, Inc. – Franklin Region, Mountain Xpress, the N.C. Press Association, UNC Asheville’s Department of Mass Communication, Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication. CPP events are also made possible through contributions from our supporters.

Contact us for details on how you can sponsor Full Disclosure or other CPP events.

Registration Information

Follow the registration links for parking and room locations.

Wednesday, April 3: 1:30 – 5 p.m. at UNC Asheville

  • Register here.
  • Free for UNCA students (with student ID and advance registration). General admission is $30.

Thursday, April 4: 2:30 – 6 p.m. at Western Carolina University

  • Register here.
  • Free for WCU students (with student ID and advance registration). General admission is $30.

Friday, April 5: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Appalachian State University

  • Register here.
  • Free for ASU students (with student ID and advance registration). General admission is $30.

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Angie Newsome was the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at

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