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Carolina Public Press will hold “Full Disclosure,” a public records workshop series during Sunshine Week, in March, that offers essential tools for activists, citizens and journalists pursuing open government and access to information.
Specifically, participants will:
- Learn how to pry documents from local, state and federal agencies.
- Meet veterans from the front lines of freedom-of-information battles.
- Craft new records requests with a news outlet that will help you publish the results.
- Charles Coble, attorney with Brooks Pierce, a leading N.C. media law firm, on the N.C. Public Records Law, its challenges, changes and application.
- Jon Elliston, freelancer and contributing reporter with Carolina Public Press, on the Freedom of Information Act, case studies, and where, when and how to find information.
- Angie Newsome, editor and founder of Carolina Public Press, on putting the laws into practice, crafting a good request and getting those results published.
Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication and UNC Asheville’s Department of Mass Communication are co-hosting the workshops, which will be held during Sunshine Week, a national yearly initiative promoting dialogue on the importance of open government and freedom of information.
They also are being held in honor of the one-year anniversary of Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit online media project offering in-depth, investigative, independent reporting on the overlooked and under-reported people, places and issues facing WNC.
Seating is limited and tickets are required. Details on how to register are below.
1:00 – 3:30 p.m., 144 Stillwell Building
Free for WCU students; $20 for all others.
Reserve tickets here.
1:30 – 4:00 p.m., 012 Karpen Hall
Free for UNCA students; $20 for all others.
Reserve tickets here.
Join us for one or both of these workshops to learn just what information is considered public, not-so-common places to find public records and ways to combat challenges to accessing information. For more information, contact Angie Newsome at firstname.lastname@example.org.