Town council in Alabama says no to press and non-residents at their meetings

COMMENTARY By Sharon Dunten, Assistant Regional Director, Society of Professional Journalists- Region 3; freelance journalist based out of Atlanta, Georgia. ALABAMA — It’s becoming a disturbing trend in small town America: government officials are banning the press and sometimes their own citizens from open meetings. Case in point: Paint Rock, Alabama. It is nestled by…

The problem with PIOs and lack of transparency is addressed on new SPJ website page

INDIANAPOLIS – In its ongoing push for government transparency, the Society of Professional Journalists has launched a section on its SPJ.org website that contains  information highlighting the issue of local, state and national government agencies preventing critical information from being shared with journalists and the public. It’s page is entitled, “Public Information officers — Who are they, why…