Archive for October, 2016

How to navigate Ky. Open Records and Open Meetings Laws

Government activities should be open to the public. It’s a fundamental American right. But it isn’t always honored by public officials. You can fight for your right to information – and Society of Professional Journalists, Louisville Pro Chapter, is ready to show you how.

Learn more about open records and meetings at a free program presented by Society of Professional Journalists, Louisville Pro chapter, on Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at Bon Air branch of Louisville Free Public Library, 2816 Del Rio Place, Louisville.

Amye Bensenhaver, recently retired from the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, will describe the mechanics of the law, the challenges requesters currently face in negotiating the law, and challenges on the horizon. Amye will review what types of records and meetings are open to the public, and the type of obstacles you might encounter in getting public information.

Amye will speak about problems members of the media may face, but also about how everyday public citizens can find and get information that they need to serve as watchdogs over government entities. She will take questions from the audience.

The event is free and open to the public. It sponsored by SPJ, Louisville Pro Chapter.

If you have questions about the event, e-mail Robyn Davis Sekula at or call (502) 608-6125.

Kentucky forum on accountability journalism to be rescheduled

A forum on questions raised by The Kentucky Kernel’s reporting on the University of Kentucky’s handling of a sexual-assault case against a professor was canceled Thursday, Oct. 13 because of a scheduling conflict.

SPJ Bluegrass Professional Chapter President Liz Hansen says the event will be rescheduled. We’ll share an update when information becomes available.

Kentucky SPJ groups to hold forum on privacy, transparency and accountability journalism

The Kentucky Kernel’s reporting on the University of Kentucky’s handling of a sexual-assault case against a professor has raised important questions about privacy for victims, transparency of a public university, and the role of accountability journalism in a democratic society.

These issues will be explored in a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the auditorium of the W.T. Young Library at UK.

The panelists will be Kernel Editor Marjorie Kirk, a UK journalism student; Thomas Miller, the newspaper’s lawyer; Jay Blanton, chief spokesman for the university and a former Kernel editor; and Ashley Rouster, coordinator and survivor advocate from the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center at UK. The moderator will be John Nelson, retired executive editor of the former Danville-based Advocate Communications.

The program is sponsored by the UK Campus Chapter and the Bluegrass Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It is free and open to the public, and a question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.

SPJ, founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, visit


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