Freedom of Information ‘road trip’ will make a stop in St. Louis

They’re on the road now, heading toward the Gateway City.

A crack team of Freedom of Information intellectuals and Sunshine Law specialists from the Society of Professional Journalists has begun an extensive summer road trip to spread the gospel on information access and open government.

Joey Senat, speaker for "Access Across America, Part II"

Joey Senat

One of the team, Joey Senat, will visit St. Louis to present “Access Across America, Part II,” a two-hour program that follows up one organized by SPJ in 2010, and explains how to obtain public records and make effective access requests to government agencies, as well provide effective strategies for overcoming agency denials and excessive document-copy fees.

Senat, an Oklahoma State University associate professor, is a regular presenter on FOI and media law issues, and is author of a public information request now considered the standard for such appeals in Oklahoma.

For his efforts, Senat has received the 2007 Opala First Amendment Award and the 2005 Oklahoma SPJ Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment honoring his work to advance government transparency. He also writes for a blog on open government.

Senat’s program in St. Louis will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 25, inside Sunnen Lounge at the University Center on Webster University’s campus. The program, co-sponsored by SPJ’s St. Louis Pro Chapter and its Webster student chapter, is free of charge. Refreshments and copies of Senat’s handouts will be provided.

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