Cleveland asks who owns public records

The Cleveland chapter is staying busy, with another great program set for March 11, titled “Access to Public Records: Whose Are They?” Here’s the details from the chapter’s “Writer’s Week” e-newsletter, from a posting by chapter president Rodney Bengston:

Public records. Who do they belong to?  The logical answer appears to be – the public.            

But things are not always that simple. As mentioned in an earlier column, there was a little controversy a couple of months ago, when the Cleveland Heights police withheld information from a Northeast Ohio Media Group reporter. That issue will be up for discussion at our next Cleveland SPJ event, on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at John Carroll University, which is co-sponsoring the event.

The panel will include:   

  • Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey E. Robertson.
  • Reporter Adam Ferrise of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
  • Attorney David Marburger of BakerHostetler, who represented the Northeast Ohio Media Group in this case.

       


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