Oct. 11 in Harrisburg: RTKL Training for Requesters

The Office of Open Records is hosting a training session on Thursday, Oct. 11, at our office in Harrisburg which will focus on Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) issues of importance to requesters.

Topics to be covered include how to write a good RTKL request, accessing information in databases, significant deadlines in the RTKL, how to appeal a RTKL denial, and more. There will also be time for questions and answers.

Sign up here to join us on Oct. 11.

NOTE: This training will be most useful for interested residents and members of the media. It will be of limited value to agency employees and agency attorneys.

If you’re interested in this kind of training but can’t join us for this event, the presentation used in the training will be posted to this blog, we’ll be providing additional requester training sessions (including webinars) in the future, and we’ll be creating more YouTube videos focused on requester issues.

Visit the OOR website for more information about upcoming OOR training sessions and to subscribe to the OOR’s email newsletter.

Two RTKL Presentations at Temple University

Yesterday, I returned to my alma mater Temple University to speak to two journalism classes about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

It was great to be back on campus (so much construction!). Both classes, one with undergraduate students and one with master’s students, had outstanding questions, and I greatly appreciate the invitations.

(If you’re a journalism professor in Pennsylvania, let me know if you’d like me to speak to your class and I’ll do my best to make it happen.)

Here are the PowerPoint presentations I used:

Temple University – Prof. Jillian Bauer-Reese – Sept. 4, 2018 (PPTX)
Temple University – Prof. Jillian Bauer-Reese – Sept. 4, 2018 (PDF)
Temple University – Dr. Logan Molyneux – Sept. 4, 2018 (PPTX)
Temple University – Dr. Logan Molyneux – Sept. 4, 2018 (PDF)

Twitter Thread: RTKL Deadlines

Here’s a Twitter thread I posted recently exploring deadlines under the Right-to-Know Law.

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Twitter Thread: RTKL Procedural Issues

Here’s a Twitter thread I posted recently exploring some common procedural issues which arise under the Right-to-Know Law.

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Presentation to Committee of Seventy Interns

Earlier this week, a group of interns from the Committee of Seventy visited the Office of Open Records in Harrisburg to discuss the Right-to-Know Law and the OOR.

It was a great discussion, and I very much appreciate them visiting. Here’s the presentation I used to help frame the discussion:

Committee of Seventy Interns – July 31, 2018 (PPTX)
Committee of Seventy Interns – July 31, 2018 (PDF)