Source:2703Joe Ferguson, Jim Small, Dan Barr, Rebekah Sanders
Affiliation:Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, Perkins Coie LLP, The Arizona Republic
This session will focus on how the Arizona Public Records Law works, how it is different from the federal Freedom of Information Act and how reporters can better use it for both long-term projects and daily reporting. Special attention will be given to requesting and obtaining electronic records, and dealing with some of the roadblocks of delay and excessive costs that public bodies use to frustrate access to governmental information. In the era of shrinking budgets for legal challenges, the panel will also share practical tips for obtaining public records in a timely fashion that does not involve lawyers. Audience participation will be encouraged.