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KNOXVILLE — Journalists and the public are invited to the University of Tennessee on Thursday, March 6, for a free workshop about Tennessee law governing open records and open meetings.

The workshop begins at 7 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center.

“Open Records, Open Meetings: How To Get Records and Get Into Meetings” is being sponsored by UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

Experienced reporters, a lawmaker and an open government expert will offer tips and advice on what you need to know to access public information and meetings.

Panelists will include Sen. Randy McNally, chair of the Tennessee open government study committee; Frank Gibson, director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government; Don Dare, WATE-TV; and David Keim, News Sentinel assistant managing editor. The panel will be moderated by WATE-TV News Director Jamie Foster.

Parking is available for a fee in the University Center garage. Free parking is available in the S-9 lot just to the south of the University Center.

For more information about the workshop, visit

ETSPJ is a chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists. With nearly 10,000 members, SPJ is the nation’s most broad-based journalism professional organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. SPJ’s mission is the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and liberty.


Nissa Dahlin-Brown, (865) 974-0931,

Jean Ash, ETSPJ, (865) 691-2606,