2014 FOIA Forum

After several consecutive years of successful Freedom of Information Act "Road Shows," the Attorney General's Office joined the Arkansas Press Association, the Arkansas Broadcasters Association and the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to present a statewide FOIA Forum in 2014. This year's statewide forum was held April 30 at the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock.

Presenters discussed the mechanics of the state's open-records and open-meetings law and talked about practical ways that members of the public and journalists, among others, can use the act.

Though Arkansas has one of the strongest open meetings and open records laws in the country, many Arkansans may be unaware of the law or may not know its broad applications.

Participants heard presentations from FOIA experts from the Attorney General’s Office about the workings of the law. Veteran journalist Brenda Blagg of Fayetteville discussed the history of the Arkansas FOIA, and Chad Day, winner of the Arkansas Press Association's 2013 award for service to FOIA, talked about using FOIA as a reporter. In addition, panels of attorneys and journalists spoke on FOIA requests, common issues and how FOIA can be applied to emerging technology.

View recordings of the event at the following links:

2014 FOIA Forum

History of FOIA by Freelance Writer/Editor Brenda Blagg of Fayetteville

An Overview of FOIA by Assistant Attorney General Ryan Owsley

A FOIA Case Study by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Reporter Chad Day

FOIA & You (Practical Applications of the Law) Panel Discussion with Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter, Freelance Journalist Eric Francis and Bill Sadler of the Arkansas State Police. Moderator: Cecillea Pond-Mayo

FOIA & Emerging Technology Panel Discussion with Assistant Attorney General Ryan Owsley and Matt Campbell of the Pinnacle Law Firm and Blue Hog Report. Moderator: Aaron Sadler

FOIA FAQs Panel Discussion with all of the day's presenters and panelists. Moderator: Roby Brock of "Talk Business and Politics."




Arkansas Press Association

Phone: (501) 374-1500

Website: www.arkansaspress.org

Arkansas Broadcasters Association

Phone: (501) 227-7564

Website: www.arkbroadcasters.org/

Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Website: http://arkansasspj.wordpress.com/