FOI and open records

  • Event: 2017 Philadelphia Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Mitch Blacher of NBC10 Philadelphia; Daniel Simmons-Ritchie of Spotlight PA
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sep. 7 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Regency C1
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Learn how to use federal and state open records laws to draft records requests the right way. Covers ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom with FOI.

Speaker Bios

  • Mitch Blacher is an Investigative Reporter for NBC Philadelphia. Mitch’s work has led to the uncovering of Philadelphia schools failing to perform fire drills; New Jersey lawmakers raiding money meant to fight lead poisoning; and Pennsylvania cashing in by selling drivers’ personal information. In the wake of the Amtrak 188 derailment, Mitch was first to expose the train safety system that could have prevented the accident missing.

  • Daniel Simmons-Ritchie (@DanielSR) is an investigative reporter with Spotlight PA in Harrisburg, Pa. He has earned numerous state and national awards for his work, particularly on health care, criminal justice, and the environment.

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