SPJ sponsors “Art of Access” public records workshop April 28

The Access Across America Tour comes to San Diego Wednesday, April 28, when the SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter sponsors “The Art of Access: Strategies for Getting and Using Public Records for Your Reporting.”

Are you stretched thin working on your daily stories, Web postings and extra responsibilities? Feel like you can’t do the kind of in-depth reporting you want? Or maybe you just want to improve your reporting skills and bolster your already stellar stories?

Then make sure to attend this special session on strategies for getting and using public records presented by SPJ national Freedom of Information Committee chair David Cuillier and SPJ Southern California Project Sunshine Chair Jodi Cleesattle.

This interactive workshop will cover:

  • Great ideas for document-based stories you can do in your community
  • Strategies for effective records requests and overcoming denials
  • Psychological skills for getting officials to give you what you need
  • Tips for making records part of your daily routine
  • Rousing inspiration for doing great journalism in tough times

Cuillier has been an FOI newsroom trainer for SPJ for five years. A former reporter and editor who now teaches journalism at the University of Arizona, he is co-author of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records,” teaches courses on access, and conducts research on access strategies. Cleesattle, an SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter board member, is a member of SPJ’s national Freedom of Information Committee and is SPJ Region 11 director. She is an attorney who has specialized in media law and is a former reporter and editor.

The Art of Access Tour is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, a non-profit organization that aids SPJ and journalism initiatives, with assistance by the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

When:  Wednesday, April 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

Where:  KGTV Studio, 4600 Air Way, San Diego

Cost:  Free for SPJ members, $5 for non-members.


Directions:  Click here for directions to KGTV Studio.


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