The Arkansas Press Association will host a special seminar this Thursday, September 19, for anyone interested in the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
The two-hour FOIA Seminar will be held at APA headquarters, 411 S. Victory St., in Little Rock. Seating is limited to the first 35, and parking is free.
The cost is $35 for APA members and associate members, $45 for non-members, and includes lunch. To register, click on this link: https://www.arkansaspress.org/event/FOIASeminar. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 17.
The seminar kicks off at 10:45 a.m. with a presentation by John Tull of the Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull law firm in Little Rock. Tull, a two-time winner of the APA’s Freedom of Information Award, is an expert on Arkansas FOIA and will offer practical tips and suggestions on access to public records and public meetings under FOIA.
Following Tull’s presentation, lunch will be served. Afterwards, a panel of journalists will discuss how they use FOIA for investigative reporting and for holding public officials accountable. The panel will include Chris Wessel, editor of the Jonesboro Sun; Sarah Perry, reporter for the Benton Saline Courier and this year’s winner of the APA’s I.F. Stone Award for investigative journalism, and Debra Hale-Shelton, an award-winning reporter formerly with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.