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File a public records request like a journalist with Spokane Public Radio and RANGE

File a public records request like a journalist with Spokane Public Radio and RANGE
We'll make sure you feel more official than this guy.
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When: Tuesday, March 7 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Spokane Central Library in the nx史yx史yetk史 Hall (pronounced: inn-whi-whi-ettk) on the third floor
906 W Main Ave. Spokane, WA
Please RSVP here

Can I get traffic camera footage of my car accident? How many building code violations does my new landlord have? What do inspection reports say about Grandma鈥檚 nursing home?

Learn the answers to these kinds of questions and more at the File a Public Records Request like a Journalist workshop on March 7. 聽

Public records power much of the work you see at Spokane Public Radio, RANGE and other media companies. We use them to find and learn vital things about our city and the people who run it. But the right to public records isn鈥檛 unique to journalists 鈥 you have that right too 鈥 and we want to make sure you know how to exercise it.

So Spokane Public Radio, RANGE and the Inland Northwest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are coming together to bring you a free workshop on how you can request public records.

We鈥檒l cover:

  • What the Washington Public Records Act is and what it covers
  • What is and isn鈥檛 a public record
  • How to make a records request that will get you the information you want
  • Which agency or office to make your request to

Reporters from SPR, RANGE and SPJ will also be there to help you formulate your own request so you can send it.

Please RSVP for free at our Eventbrite.

Before attending:

If you have a laptop, please bring it to research and write your request. If you don鈥檛 have one, we鈥檒l have worksheets on hand to use. Please also have a working email address you check regularly.

Also, think about a local government entity you鈥檇 like to know more from. Is there anything you鈥檇 like to know about the governments of Spokane County, Spokane Valley, the city of Spokane or maybe the Spokane Regional Health District? School districts are usually public entities too!

Transportation & parking info:

The parking garage under the library building will be open for the duration of the event. Parking is free after 7 p.m. The library is also two blocks from the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza.

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