Public records tips & tricks

  • Event: 2018 Boston Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; Jeff Pyle of Prince Lobel Tye LLP
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11:30am
  • Location: Room 101
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Hear practical advice and strategies for crafting public records requests, tracking them and holding officials’ feet to the fire. Includes strategies for dealing with excuses and obstacles from public officials who stand in your way of getting key documents and data.

Speaker Bios

  • Jeffrey Pyle is a partner at Prince Lobel in Boston, where he specializes in First Amendment and Media Law.  Jeff has litigated cases involving access to public records and court records for clients such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, WBUR, and the Berkshire Eagle.  He advises People magazine on publication risks, and has served for many years as pro bono counsel to the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. 

  • Todd Wallack is an investigative reporter and data journalist on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. He has won national awards for his work on public records and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize four times as part of small teams, including in 2018 for a series examining Boston's reputation for racism. Wallack was selected as a Nieman fellow for 2019-2020. @twallack

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    Practical advice and strategies for crafting public records requests, tracking them and holding officials’ feet to the fire. Includes strategies for dealing with excuses and obstacles from public officials who stand in your way of getting key documents and data.