2014 FOIA Forum

After several consecutive years of successful Freedom of Information Act "Road Shows," the Attorney General's Office will join the Arkansas Press Association, the Arkansas Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists to present a statewide FOIA Forum in 2014. This year's statewide forum will be April 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock.

There is no registration fee and the forum is open to the public. Presenters will discuss the mechanics of the state's open-records and open-meetings law and will talk 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 hear presentations from FOIA experts from the Attorney General’s Office about the workings of the law. Veteran journalist Brenda Blagg of Fayetteville will discuss the history of the Arkansas FOIA, and Chad Day, winner of the Arkansas Press Association's 2013 award for service to FOIA, will talk about using FOIA as a reporter. In addition, panels of attorneys and journalists will discuss FOIA requests, common issues and how FOIA can be applied to emerging technology.

Free copies of the Freedom of Information Act Handbook, now in its 16th edition, will be available to participants.

To RSVP, contact the Arkansas Press Association at (501) 374-1500 or email info@arkansaspress.org.



Arkansas Press Association

Phone: (501) 374-1500

Website: www.arkansaspress.org

Arkansas Broadcasters Association

Phone: (501) 227-7564

Website: www.arkbroadcasters.org/

Arkansas Society of Professional Journalists

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