Judges want to hide their discipline hearings

AJC columnist Jay Bookman pointed out in a recent article that judges would like to handle their judicial disciplining behind closed doors. The move to secrecy is important since the Judicial Qualifications Commission has publicly reprimanded 60 judges in Georgia over the last eight years. But now, Bookman writes, judges want to change the process dramatically….

Local SPJ member announces findings from crime reporter and PIO surveys

INDIANAPOLIS – Much like other journalists, crime reporters say Public Information Officers (PIOs) often make their jobs more difficult by creating barriers to agency experts who have information the public needs to know. In two separate reports, released by the Society of Professional Journalists today as part of Sunshine Week, crime reporters and police public information…

Sunshine Laws in Georgia, Toolkit

Jim Zachary, editor of the Valdosta Daily Times and director of the Transparency Project of Georgia, discusses open government in Georgia in the article, “Government business must be open; Media must help hold officials accountable.” He writes: “Government must be held accountable. The only way for the public to hold government accountable is for all of the…

Kickoff to Sunshine Week, March 14

Sunshine week is back! The SPJ Georgia Pro chapter is hosting a discussion on police public records on Monday, March 14 at 11:30 a.m. with guests: Dr. Carolyn Carlson, journalism professor at Kennesaw State University Bert Roughton, senior managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dr. Carlson will release findings on police public information officers and…

SPJ Georgia press release on Secretary of State exemption of open records laws

Secretary of State wrong to cite exemption of open records laws regarding data breach FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 3, 2015 CONTACT: Ellen Eldridge, President, SPJ Georgia EMAIL: Ellen@EllenEldridge.com The Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists strongly urges the Secretary of State to release public records involving its massive data breach that occurred last…