Jul 11, 2013 9:45 AM by KATC
LAFAYETTE - What are your rights regarding public documents? What's the process to access them? What does the law require public officials to keep and make available? July's Acadiana Press Club forum will feature a pair of experts who will review these issues and more relating to public records, including simple steps to request records, legal options to pursue if you're denied access to a document, and their own experiences relating to Freedom of Information laws.
The forum will be held Monday, July 15 at a new location, in the community room at the Daily Advertiser.
"Access to information is one of the most precious resources for journalists," said Acadiana Press Club President Claire Taylor. "But our public records laws have a much broader impact on regular citizens, who may not be aware of their rights and what they should be able to obtain from public officials. We feel this public forum is key to the Acadiana Press Club's mission, and look forward to sharing our own challenges and gaining insight."
July's panel will feature recently retired Advocate editor Carl Redman, who through the Louisiana Press Association frequently advocates at the State Capitol for broader access to public records. Joining him will be Kevin Blanchard with the Onebane Law Firm, a former newspaper reporter who now in his law practice handles public records issues for news organizations.
The lunch forum and membership in the Acadiana Press Club are open to journalists, media professionals, public relations professionals, public information officers, communication professors and students, retired journalists, civic and political leaders and the general public.
The Acadiana Press Club hosts public lunch meetings on the third Monday of each month. Only members of the working media and Acadiana Press Club members may ask questions during the forum. Guests must RSVP by Thursday, July 11 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acadiana Press Club April Meeting
Monday, July 15 at 11:45 a.m.
The Daily Advertiser, Community Room
1100 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette
Lunch cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members CASH OR CHECK ONLY
Those interested in joining the Acadiana Press Club can obtain a membership form at the meeting or online at www.acadianapressclub.org.