LION Summit

Reporting Workshop: Obtaining Public Records Without a Lawyer

5 — 6 p.m., Breakout B - Wabash

You are a reporter or editor at a local news operation, with limited legal firepower at your disposal. How do you get documents, data and other items you need from government officials who sometimes are not eager to cooperate, even when your state law says they should? Former Washington Post editor and reporter Miranda Spivack, who made a career in local news and is now an independent journalist for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, will show you how to get what you need. She will offer a mixture of methods you can use to persuade officials they should come up with the goods. She also will provide a list of inexpensive or even free legal resources if you need to go that next step, and invoke your legal rights to public information.

Speaker: Miranda Spivack, Center for Investigative Reporting