Getting Feedback on San Diego’s NextRequest System

Have you used the city of San Diego’s NextRequest system to seek public records recently? If so, the San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists wants your help.

In March 2016, the city of San Diego implemented a system called NextRequest to handle public records requests sent to the city. The goal, NextRequest said, was to help boost “transparency and openness.” Since its launch, NextRequest has received more than 5,300 requests for records, according to city data. For local journalists and other members of the public, the system has become a vital tool when seeking information about city government operations.

Now San Diego SPJ wants to assess how NextRequest is working. How is the system performing? How could it be improved? Take this survey and let us know.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

The results from this survey will be published on the San Diego SPJ website. We expect to also use the information to start a conversation with city officials about potential improvements, and perhaps as fodder for a panel discussion. Providing your name or contact information is optional. We will not share your contact information with city officials.

Access to public records is your right. Your input will help us determine if the system is working properly for everyone in our community who seeks information on our local government.

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Save the Date: San Diego Media Groups’ Holiday Party

Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria
San Diego media groups are teaming up to host a low-key (and free!) holiday party at Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria at Liberty Station.

Who: Members of San Diego Press Club, San Diego SPJ Pro Chapter, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association San Diego, Online News Association San Diego, NATAS, PSW, and National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego/Tijuana

When: 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11

Where: Pisco Rotisserie and Cevicheria

Cost: Free

Food and Drink: http://piscorotisserie.com/menu/

RSVP: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eeu27fnp17d559c7&oseq=&c=&ch=

San Diego SPJ responds to KPBS reporter’s blog post

The San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists commends Jean Guerrero for speaking out in this blog post about her experience at a recent news conference.

We remind our colleagues that the SPJ Code of Ethics states in part that journalists should: “Expose unethical conduct in journalism … [and] abide by the same high standards they expect of others.” We encourage all journalists to behave professionally, in accordance with these principles.

Fake news, real problem

Whether you’re a journalist or a news consumer, chances are you’ve heard the term “fake news.” Fake news is more than a label, it’s a problem journalists across the country are confronting when trying to gain the trust of their audience. As journalists, how do we combat these accusations while not dismissing our audience? Does research show any promising results when it comes to journalists correcting misinformation?

Join the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a discussion with:

Matt Hall, opinion director at The San Diego Union-Tribune

Rachel Laing, principal of Laing Strategic Communications

Rachel Moran, researcher and doctoral student at USC Annenberg

When: Tuesday, November 14th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: The San Diego Central Library in the Shiley Special Events Suite 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.