Fighting successful open records battles
Moderated by: Justin Bleizeffer
How to use federal and state laws. How to write an open-records request the right way. How to appeal and challenge denials. How to keep a steady flow of information and ideas coming into the newsroom by using FOI.
Ken Armstrong is a senior reporter at ProPublica. Previous stops: The Marshall Project, Seattle Times & Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the governor to halt executions and empty death row. He’s won Pulitzers for investigative reporting and explanatory reporting, and shared in two staff Pulitzers for breaking news. He’s won six IRE Awards, a Peabody for radio, an Edgar for books, and a lifetime achievement award from Columbia. Twitter: @bykenarmstrong
I helped take WyoFile, an online nonprofit news organization, from obscurity to an influential media outlet, raising expectations for journalism in Wyoming. I worked several years in mining prior to becoming an energy reporter. I care deeply about workers, climate change, natural resources and rural communities of the American West.
Chasing the paper, audio, video and electronic paper trail through persistence and consistency.