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Information Gathering (8/16) Journalism is “the best attainable version of the truth” on deadline o Within the constraints of what is ethical and legal o We are constrained by certain laws, but by ethical codes Elements of journalism o Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth o Its first loyalty is to the citizens o Its essence is a discipline of verification “If your mother says she loves you, check it out” verify your sources o Its practicioners must maintain an independence from those they cover Don’t write about the school system if your spouse works for them Don’t be a greek writing about greek life o It must serve as an independent monitor of power o It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise o It must strive to keep the significant interesting and relevant o It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional What makes something news? o Relevant UGA red and black is relevant to students Athens Banner Herald is relevant to the people of Athens o Useful o Interesting TO THE AUDIENCE! Meetings (8/18) Open Meeting What is a meeting? o A meeting is a quorum which is 50% + 1 What’s not a meeting? o Inspections of physical facilities As a journalist, you don’t participate in these meetings… you’re there to report Minutes They have to keep minutes Only public if there’s a court case Executive Session They must vote to go into executive session In the minutes, they have to give a reason why They must only discuss what they said they were going to discuss They can't vote to fire the principal, they have to come out to the session to make public decisions Immediate Access 3 business days to respond when asking for records They’re response could be “yes” or “yes… but…” o Always ask for digital o They must tell you why you CAN’T have it Electronic Data There is no proprietary format that cant extract data how you want. o If you want it a certain way, you can have it as such Gave a story about how the Pres. of UGA told him he had to do some extraordinary thing to get him the records he asked for but Hollander knew he was lying cause he used to be a hacker Personal Info Most government agencies or public officials are trained on what they can/can’t give you Don’t make your requests too broad or vague o Approach them with the sense that you have a right to it o Assume its public, let them tell you why it’s not public
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