The third in a series of workshops promoting transparency in government and a better understanding of Mississippi’s sunshine laws was held at the Meek School Thursday, Aug. 30.
The Meek School of Journalism and New Media joined the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation in presenting the Freedom of Information “road show” workshop, featuring Tom Hood, executive director of the Mississippi Ethics Commission, and Leonard Van Slyke, attorney for the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information.
The event provided information and insight relevant to elected officials and members of the media.
“We hope government officials from the area, as well as members of the media and the public will attend and take part in a dialog to increase awareness of Mississippi’s Public Meetings and Open Records Acts,” Mississippi Press Association President Paul Keane, publisher of The Wayne County News, said in a news release prior to the event. “This is the third in a series seminars on the topic we hope to hold this year in the state.”
Hood and Van Slyke gave an overview of the state laws that govern the public’s right to know and took questions from the audience.
Additional workshops are planned in other areas of the state. For more information, contact Layne Bruce, MPA executive director, 601-981-3060.