Have you ever been denied a public record? Or worse, has your request been ignored?
Student journalists at Indiana University dealt with those frustrations this past spring when they put 90 county agencies to the test by asking for digital access to public records. The students found that more than half of the agencies failed to comply with basic requests. One-third never even responded.
Assistant professor Gerry Lanosga mentored the students and said the project showed them the challenges many reporters face when asking for records.
Lanosga knows the struggle well. In his nearly two decades as a journalist, he fought for public records and won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Freedom of Information medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Read more