Speaking to Students at SSHE

Last night, I visited the State System of Higher Education’s Dixon Center in Harrisburg to speak to a group of students from across the state about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

I was invited to speak by Dr. Duane Milne. It was a great discussion, and I greatly appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

State System of Higher Education – Dr. Duane Milne – Oct. 8, 2019 (PPTX)
State System of Higher Education – Dr. Duane Milne – Oct. 8, 2019 (PDF)

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

Speaking to Students at Messiah College

Earlier this afternoon, I visited Messiah College in Grantham to speak to Dr. David Dixon’s journalism class about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

It was a great session, and I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Messiah College – Dr. David Dixon – Oct. 4, 2019 (PPTX)
Messiah College – Dr. David Dixon – Oct. 4, 2019 (PDF)

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

Oct. 10 – Requester Training in Harrisburg

Office of Open Records LogoThe Office of Open Records is hosting a training session for requesters (media and non-media) at our office in Harrisburg on Thursday, Oct. 10, starting at 11 a.m.

This event will focus on various areas of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, including:

  • How to file a good RTKL request
  • Timelines and deadlines
  • Fees under the RTKL
  • Information in databases
  • How to appeal when your request is denied
  • Common reasons agencies deny requests

And much more.

This training session is free and open to everyone. To register, visit the OOR’s EvenbtBrite page.

Presentation at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Earlier this afternoon at the office of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I led a training session about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

Many thanks to the Post-Gazette for the invitation. I very much appreciate it.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Oct. 1, 2019 (PPTX)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Oct. 1, 2019 (PDF)

If you’re interested in training about the Right-to-Know Law and/or the Sunshine Act (for agencies or requesters), please let us know.

Presentation at Center for Media Innovation

This morning at Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation in Pittsburgh, I led a training session for media requesters and the public. The session focused on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

Many thanks to CMI and its director, Andrew Conte, for the invitation. I very much appreciate it.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Center for Media Innovation – Oct. 1, 2019 (PPTX)
Center for Media Innovation – Oct. 1, 2019 (PDF)

If you’re interested in training about the Right-to-Know Law and/or the Sunshine Act (for agencies or requesters), please let us know.

Right-to-Know Law Roundtable – Complete Video

Office of Open Records LogoEarlier this month, the Office of Open Records hosted the first-ever Right-to-Know Law Roundtable, an event designed to help requesters better understand Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

PCN was on hand to record the Roundtable, which I very much appreciate, and we’re able to present the following videos which cover the entire event.

The first video features the opening speaker, Judge Dominic F. Pileggi, a former state senator and author of the Right-to-Know Law, along with a discussion on the topic Practical Tips for Writing an Effective RTKL Request moderated by Angela Couloumbis (Philadelphia Inquirer) with panelists Melissa Melewsky, Esq. (Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association), Jan Murphy (Pennlive), and Megan Shannon, Esq. (Offit Kurman).

The second video features a discussion on the topic Enforcing Office of Open Records Final Determinations moderated by Joyce Davis (Pennlive) with panelists Adrienne Langer, Esq. (Cusick, DeCaro & Langer), Terry Mutchler, Esq. (Mutchler Lyons), and Thea Paolini, Esq., MBA (Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall).

The third video features a discussion on the topic Law Enforcement Records and the Right-to-Know Law moderated by Cindy Simmons (Pennsylvania State University) with panelists Paula Knudsen, Esq. (The Caucus), William Rozier (Pennsylvania State Police), and Liz Evans Scolforo (York Dispatch).

The fourth (and final) video features a one-on-one discussion between Jaime Fettrow-Alderfer (Lebanon Valley College) and Liz Navratil (Spotlight PA) about Using the Right-to-Know Law in Reporting.

We hope to organize more events like the RTKL Roundtable in the future. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions. And don’t forget to check our training calendar for all of our upcoming events.

Right-to-Know Law Roundtable – Sept. 5 in Harrisburg

Office of Open Records LogoThe Office of Open Records has put together an event we’re calling the Right-to-Know Law Rountable.

The RTKL Roundtable is the first event of its kind — a half-day session of panels and speakers filled with topics specifically of interest to people who use the RTKL as requesters. It’s taking place in Harrisburg on Sept. 5, 2019, starting at 1 p.m.

The lineup is packed with great speakers and moderators, including Judge Dominic Pileggi (author of the RTKL), attorneys whose practice includes RTKL work, journalists with great experience using the RTKL, and college professors.

Discussions will include:

  • Practical Tips for Writing an Effective RTKL Request
  • Enforcing OOR Final Determinations
  • Law Enforcement Records and the RTKL

The RTKL Roundtable is free and open to everyone. Although seating is necessarily limited, we are hoping to record the event and make it available online at a future date.

This program has been approved for 3 substantive CLE credits. It will be held at the office of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, 3899 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

For the complete agenda, and to register, click here.