In honor of Sunshine Week, Carolina Public Press will hold its Full Disclosure training seminar on understanding and using public records laws on Friday, March 20, 2015, in Asheville.

The only nonprofit online news organization devoted to unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting, Carolina Public Press regularly holds training sessions for working journalists, students, policymakers, public officials and community members on key open government and reporting topics.

Trainers include Charles Coble, a partner with Brooks Pierce, one of the largest media law firms in North Carolina, who has special experience in communications and media law, primarily in representing broadcast, print, and other media clients in First Amendment and other media litigation. Coble will focus on North Carolina’s public records laws, and he will be joined by Jon Elliston, the Investigations and Open Government Editor at Carolina Public Press, who will discuss federal public records laws and tips to successfully asking for and receiving public information. Both will provide case studies and information on how to apply those lessons at the local, state and federal level.

Friday, March 20, 20159 a.m. to noon at the training rooms at 50. South French Broad Ave., Asheville

General admission tickets are $30 until March 9, then $35 afterwards. Student tickets are $15 with a current student ID. Tickets may be purchased below. (A previously scheduled afternoon session of this training workshop will no longer be offered.)

Eventbrite - FULL DISCLOSURE: Understanding NC & US Public Records Laws (Morning)

Sunshine Week is the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. In addition to the public records training, Carolina Public Press will also hold a Newsmaker forum on how frequently and for what reasons Western North Carolina’s county commissioners go into closed session. “The Best & Worst of WNC’s Open Government” will be held on Tuesday, March 17, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on either the training or Newsmaker forum, please contact Executive Director Angie Newsome at or 828-279-0949.

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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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