Digging into public records

  • Event: 2020 San Juan, Puerto Rico, Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Tomás Román-Santos of Roman Santos LLC; Oscar Serrano of Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico; Carla Minet of Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico
  • Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 7 at 10:30am
  • Location: School of Law, Room 201
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learn how to use public record laws including Puerto Rico's legal framework for access to information. We'll discuss ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom.

Speaker Bios

  • Carla Minet has been an independent journalist for publications such as 80 degrees, the Center for Investigative Journalism, mayaguezsabeamango.com and Diálogo. She was the executive director of the Community Press Organization. She has worked as a researcher, editor and content producer content for radio, television and internet, on Channel 6, Radio Universidad, El Nuevo Día, Primera Hora, Univisión and Noticel. She studied at the School of Public Communication of the University of Puerto Rico, University of Barcelona and the University of Columbia, in New York. 

  • Tomás A. Román-Santos, Esq. counsels and advocates on behalf of clients in a wide range of legal matters. As part of his Media and First Amendment practice, he has represented newspapers and journalists in procedures seeking access to public information, protecting their right to cover news events and defending them in actions challenging their work, among others. Mr. Román-Santos currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of GFR Media in Puerto Rico.

  • Oscar J. Serrano is a journalist and attorney at law with experience in print, radio, TV, and web. Co-founder of Endi.com, Primera Hora, Red 96 FM, the Center for Investigative Journalism and NotiCel.com. He's teaches courses on Media Law and Ethics at Sacred Heart University's School of Communications, and on Freedom of Information at Inter American University's Faculty of Law, as well as lectured on these subjects in Continued Legal Education programs for attorneys. @oscarjserrano2

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