In a new, $450 million, state-of-the-art museum of news in Washington, D.C., media professionals, government officials and open-government advocates gathered on March 14 at the 10th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference to discuss recent changes to the Freedom of Information Act and the importance of sunshine laws to journalists.
Some college student journalists might not know it, but at their fingertips lay access to information about lawsuits, donations, salaries, terrorist watch lists and more.
Legislatures in Massachusetts and Georgia are scheduled to vote next week on bills that would make all campus police departments in the two states subject to open records laws.
Many high school students are not sinking their journalistic chops into meaty stories, and it may be because many are not using public records for their research, said Diana Mitsu Klos, senior project director for the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Student journalists at Desoto High School could have written a story on how administrators were spending money to solve the gang problem at their school.