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Getting Access: Public Records, Open Meetings & Good Journalism

Arizona journalists: You have been learning how to use data to create impactful journalism. Now, find out how to obtain that data from public sources at a free half-day workshop dedicated to improving your news gathering and the reach of your stories.

Find out how to get better access to public records and open meetings and know what you can and can’t do with cameras, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices in courtrooms and government halls.

Admission is free. Expected speakers for “Getting Access: Public Records, Open Meetings and Good Journalism” include:

  • Matt Kelley, esq., media law attorney, Ballard Spahr LLP

  • David Morgan, publisher, Cochise County Record

  • Morgan Loew, investigative reporter for Arizona’s Family and ASU faculty associate in media law

  • Dennis Welch, political editor and host of “Politics Unplugged” on 3TV

  • Jimmy Jenkins, criminal justice reporter, The Arizona Republic/azcentral

  • Becky Pallack, co-founder, operations executive, Arizona Luminaria

  • David Cuillier, director, Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Project, University of Florida; former journalism professor, University of Arizona; former national president, Society of Professional Journalists


Sponsored by the Valley of the Sun pro and ASU campus chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA). Our sincere thanks to ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions for arranging for our meeting room.


Here's the link to register for the event.

Journalists: Improve your newsgathering. Refine your skills accessing public records, open meetings and using devices in government halls.

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