SOURCE: Society of Professional Journalists

March 10, 2008 17:09 ET

Creating a Document-Driven Newsroom: Ethnic Media

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - The Society of Professional Journalists, one of the nation's premier authorities in public access and First Amendment issues, will conduct a training program for ethnic-media journalists at Southern Cailfornia Radio, 261 South Figueroa St., Suite 200, Los Angeles on March 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will explore the ins and outs of Freedom of Information laws -- and how to use them in your daily reporting. The session will include a primer on the FOI laws related specifically to your location, as well as guidelines for successful use of the federal FOI law. Participants will see how these laws can be used to create quality journalism, and get some great ideas for producing document-driven stories of their own.

Those in attendance will learn:

-- How federal, state and local government documents can enhance reporting for ethnic and community audiences.

-- About federal, city, county and state Sunshine laws relevant to the area.

-- About the public's rights to documents and how to ask for them.

-- About options for recourse when journalists are denied.

-- How journalists can protect their sources.

-- How community and ethnic media journalists can collaborate with mainstream partners to do investigative stories (and win awards).

In addition to this one-of-a-kind training program, participants will be given a copy of SPJ's "Open Doors." This book is your doorway to additional FOI resources that offer more detailed and specific information.

For more information about this program, click here. For more FOI resources, visit

Funding for this program is provided by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) public foundation organized for the purpose of supporting the educational programs of the Society of Professional Journalists and to serve the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.

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