Students fighting public records blocks
It seems like just yesterday we were writing about the issues at Red and Black and FAMU, but here we go again. In SPJ’s Region 3, student journalists are fighting long, tedious battles against agencies trying to – illegally – block public records requests.
Florida Atlantic University’s Dylan Bouscher and Georgia Perimeter College’s David Schick have spent months trying to obtain obviously public records as they investigate campus crime and budget shortfalls, respectively. Yet the institutions they petitioned have responded with demands for huge amounts of money or simply stalled.
The full stories of these efforts are on the Region 3 blog, Southern Drawl. You can read about them here.
Let’s rally behind them, fellow student journalists. They’re not alone in this fight.