It’s your right to know: ETSPJ hosts Sunshine Week panel

KNOXVILLE (ETSPJ) – Across the country, Sunshine Week focuses on the role and necessity to a free press of laws on open meetings, open records and similar matters.

In recognition of Sunshine Week, the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a midday panel presentation on Tennessee open records law. The presentation is Tuesday, March 14 from 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. in the Scripps Convergence Lab in the Communications Building at the University of Tennessee.

Panelists include:

  • John North, senior web producer at WBIR-TV news
  • Megan Boehnke, K-12 reporter, Knoxville News-Sentinel
  • Matthew Scoggins, general counsel, University of Tennessee system
  • Elli Amador, public records designee, University of Tennessee system

The discussion will center on what is involved in making and complying with public record requests. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, friends and questions about what is involved in public records requests — both from the standpoint of the requester and the recipient institution.

Parking is free in Circle Park on the University of Tennessee’s campus.

Other events for Sunshine Week

Follow along with the official Sunshine Week account on Twitter and join the discussion about the importance of understanding and preserving open government.

Keep an eye on SPJ’s website and social media accounts for blog posts, a Google Hangout, the 2016 Black Hole Award “winner” and more! And be sure to tune in to the Jim Bohannon Show at 10 p.m. EDT March 16 for a FOI DAY discussion with SPJ National President Lynn Walsh. Find a station here.

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