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NEFAC sponsors “sunshine” sessions March 19 and 27 in R.I. and Conn. on mining information from the public record

The public record is full of grist for news stories, citizen action and informed political activity. The trick is knowing how to get at it.

The New England First Amendment Coalition joins with other advocacy groups in sponsoring a pair of how-to sessions on March 19 and 27 during which investigative journalists will help you navigate freedom of information laws to find what you need.

Both sessions are continuations of Sunshine Week, the annual, national promotion of the need for open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.

March 19, 6-8 p.m.
Rhode Island College
Faculty Dining Room
600 Mount Pleasant Ave.
Providence, R.I.

The panelists will include:
Ian Donnis, moderator, RI Public Radio
Kathy Gregg, State House bureau chief for the Providence Journal
Scott Pickering, general manager, East Bay Newspapers
Amanda Milkovits, crime reporter, Providence Journal
Tim White, investigative reporter, WPRI

Joining NEFAC in sponsoring the event are ACCESS/RI, Common Cause Rhode Island, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, Rhode Island ACLU and the RI Press Association.
March 27, 6 p.m.
Quinnipiac University
York Hill Campus, Rocky Top Student Center
305 Sherman Ave., Hamden, CT

The panelists:
Lynne DeLucia, moderator, editor, Connecticut Health Investigative Team
Beau Berman, investigative reporter, WTIC-TV
Bill Cummings, investigative reporter, Hearst CT Newspapers
Matt Kauffman, investigative reporter, Hartford Courant
Jill Konopka, investigative reporter, WFSB-TV

The sponsors are NEFAC, Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, Connecticut Library Association, Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut.

Light refreshments will be available at both events.