Freedom of Information Training Session June 26

June 6, 2012
Rhonda Clark
Access Across America II Project

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Journalists, instructors, students and others wanting to learn about accessing public records (or needing a refresher course) are invited to attend the Access Across America II Project, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The training session will take place from 2 - 4 p.m. on Tues., June 26 in the fourth-floor conference room, Room 413, of Spiva Library at Missouri Southern State University.

Topics will include accessing public records, creating ideas for record-based stories, making effective requests and developing tactical strategies to overcome denials and exorbitant copy fees.

Dr. Joey Senat, associate professor of mass communications at Oklahoma State University, will conduct the training session. Dr. Senat writes an open-government blog that is quoted frequently by the press on Freedom of Information and media law issues. The blog provides a model letter for requesting public records that is widely used in Oklahoma.

He received the 2007 Opala First Amendment Award and the 2005 Oklahoma SPJ Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment for his work to advance government transparency. He has been published in Quill and the IRE Journal.

The training session is co-sponsored by the Missouri Southern Department of Communication and the SPJ’s Southwest Missouri Pro Chapter.

The session is free and open to the public but reservations are advised, as seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

To receive more information or to RSVP, contact Rhonda Clark, assistant professor of communication at Missouri Southern, by e-mailing or by calling 417.625.9596.

Missouri Southern State University is located at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin.