Public Information Matters – Come and get it

    I’ve been reporting long enough to remember when I had to call the city personnel office to get a public official’s salary, and getting a city contract meant trekking to the Municipal Services Building or begging some kind clerical worker to fax me a copy.

    We now live in an age in which an enormous amount of public information is available online. But plenty isn’t, and public officials can put you through quite a dance to get the stuff you’re after.

    If you’re a journalist, an aspiring journalist, or somebody who’s curious about how your tax dollars are spent, consider coming to WHYY Tuesday evening, March 12th. My WHYY colleagues Chris Satullo, Holly Otterbein and I will join Bill Allison, the national editorial director of the Sunlight Foundation, which promotes government openness and transparency.

    It will be a hands-on discussion of how to figure out what public information is available, and how to get it.

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