Tuesday, February 12, 2008

FOIA Workshop at Evangel University Open to the Public, Other Journalists

Members of the Society of Collegiate Journalists at Evangel University are hosting a Freedom of Information Act training workshop from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 2 in Room 204 of Trask Hall (also know as Academic Building 2) on the campus of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.

Members of the public, as well as area journalists, are invited to come and participate with all Evangel communication students in this important training.

Charles Davis, associate professor of journalism and the executive director of the National Freedom of Information coalition (http://nfoic.org/foi-center/index.html) at the University of Missouri, will be the instructor for the event.

Davis' scholarly research focuses on access to governmental information and new media law, including jurisdictional issues, intellectual property and online libel. He has earned a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in furthering freedom of information.

He is also the author of the book, “Access Denied: Freedom of Information in the Information Age,” published in 2001.

“Charles Davis is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the Freedom of Information Act,” said David Burton, civic communication specialist with University of Missouri Extension and president of the Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “He has done this type of training all over the country and even developed an FOI Toolkit for the national Society of Professional Journalists.”

The training will begin with a general overview of FOIA, and then segments on actually using the laws will be presented followed by a question and answer session.

“We are very excited about this program,” said Melinda Booze, assistant professor of communication at Evangel University. “We worked hard to get a grant to fund the training and I really think our students, as well as area journalists, will benefit as a result.”

For more information on the program, call Booze at Evangel, (417) 865-2815.

Members of the public, and journalists, who want to register for this free program, need to contact the Greene County Extension Center at (417) 862-9284 prior to March 30.


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