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Freedom of Information Road Show visits Meek School

Posted on: August 30th, 2018 by ldrucker

The third in a series of workshops promoting transparency in government and a better understanding of Mississippi’s sunshine laws was held at the Meek School Thursday, Aug. 30.

The Meek School of Journalism and New Media joined the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation in presenting the Freedom of Information “road show” workshop, featuring Tom Hood, executive director of the Mississippi Ethics Commission, and Leonard Van Slyke, attorney for the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information.

The event provided information and insight relevant to elected officials and members of the media.

“We hope government officials from the area, as well as members of the media and the public will attend and take part in a dialog to increase awareness of Mississippi’s Public Meetings and Open Records Acts,” Mississippi Press Association President Paul Keane, publisher of The Wayne County News, said in a news release prior to the event. “This is the third in a series seminars on the topic we hope to hold this year in the state.”

Hood and Van Slyke gave an overview of the state laws that govern the public’s right to know and took questions from the audience.

Additional workshops are planned in other areas of the state. For more information, contact Layne Bruce, MPA executive director, 601-981-3060.

Journalism Graduates claim awards

Posted on: July 11th, 2010 by alysia

Our 2005 graduate Sun Herald political reporter Michael Newsom earned the Mississippi Press Association’s top writing award for his series on state Department of Transportation’s travel records.

Newsom earned the Bill Minor Writing Award for his work, which also took first place for best in-depth or investigative coverage during an awards luncheon at the MPA summer convention in Tunica.

2008 graduate Angie Barmer won first place for feature photography and third place in feature writing for her work with the New Albany Gazette.

2008 graduate Patrick Ochs also won a first and second place award for his sports writing at the Oxford Eagle.

All three worked at The DM when they were students here. Newsom was Editor in Chief.

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