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Obtaining government officials' business emails should be easier

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP's Legal Fellow Kristin Bergman wrote this article. In this 2011 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from inside a C-17 military plane. South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy, wants to know … Read More
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Why employment contracts are so much fun for a public records geek

What is your favorite public record to request? Employment contracts are near the top of my list. They can tell you so much more than what someone's salary is. For instance, did you know that some public employees get private jets, personal drivers, country club memberships and other benefits as part of their job? Journalists around the country have discovered … Read More
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How to cover the ’16 campaign: follow the money, but few are, says one reporter

(Image via Deposit Photo)Shane Goldmacher, the senior political correspondent for National Journal, has a “totally selfish reason” for covering campaign finance that has little to do with high-minded notions of holding people to account. No, it’s got a lot more to do with this: the distinct lack of competition from other journalists, he told a boot camp for … Read More
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Media must pay for South Carolina police shooting video

The New York Times reports that an Australian based "publicity and celebrity management company" representing Feidin Santana, is sending cease-and-desist letters to media outlets demanding they pay for the use of the video Santana captured. That video shows a North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed man, Walter Scott in the back as … Read More
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Access to police body camera videos: The Wild West of open records requests

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP’s Jack Nelson-Dow Jones Foundation Legal Fellow Adam A. Marshall wrote this article. A Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)Police departments across … Read More
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AP considering legal action over Clinton emails

The Associated Press | The New York Times The Associated Press is considering legal action against the State Department "for failing to turn over some emails covering Clinton's tenure," Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis wrote for The Associated Press Wednesday. The threat comes amid allegations that Clinton used a private email account linked to a server … Read More
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Supreme Court decision is a victory for whistleblowers and the media

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP’s Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow Kimberly Chow wrote this article. Robert MacLean took his whistleblowing case to the Supreme Court and won. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Were media lawyers asleep at the wheel when … Read More
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Jack White disses student newspaper over open records request

White. (AP) The Oklahoma Daily Thanks to controversy surrounding a student newspaper's open records request, the public now knows that Jack White is currently on a "no banana" tour, that he prefers his guacamole "chunky" and that he doesn't think much of journalism degrees. Those details were revealed after the University of Oklahoma's OU Daily got curious about White's … Read More
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Buy the journalist in your life a drone. Or a selfie stick

Good morning. Thanks for hanging in there with me this week. We're taking a newsletter break for the holidays but will return on Monday, Jan. 5, brimming with news and probably an extra five pounds from all that day drinking. In the meantime, Poynter has a lot of great stories lined up for your holiday reading pleasure. For now, here … Read More
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No interviews at premiere for 'The Interview'

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. No interviews at premiere of 'The Interview' "Sony Pictures said Wednesday that no broadcast media will be invited to cover the film's red carpet Thursday in Los Angeles and no interviews will be granted to print reporters at the screening." (AP) The Washington Post found more people Rolling Stone didn't interview T. Read More
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