Thursday, September 8, 2016
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm


Speaker: Carol Marbin Miller

Journalists enter the profession with a variety of motivations, but an essential duty is  to provide necessary and truthful information. Sometimes, that information is hard to come by.  When government agencies and elected officials close the door in your face, the best tool in your toolbox is the public records law. Regardless of your beat or platform, every journalist can benefit from this interactive session by multiple awarding-winning reporter Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald senior investigative reporter, who often shares her knowledge with other journalists. Marbin Miller, who writes about children, elders and disabled people, has spoken frequently at conferences held by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Join her to learn about how to submit basic and more complex public records requests, how to push reluctant gatekeepers into complying with state law, how to recognize reasonable and unreasonable fees, how to detect bologna when your requests are denied and when to seek the help of a lawyer.

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