In her first newspaper job with The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md., Kelly Hinchcliffe got a call that the school district called a news conference.
Why? she asked many times, but no one explained.
So when Hinchcliffe showed up and saw a stack of press releases on the table, she grabbed one and sat down.
A public information officer rushed over and said she couldn’t have the release until after the press conference.
“I said, well, it becomes a public record when it’s created, not when you say you want to hand it to me,” Hinchcliffe told the woman.
A tug-of-war over that press release followed, “and I’m telling her, the public records law says…” Hinchcliffe said in a phone interview with Poynter.… Read more