A talk about freedom of information

July 22, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

Many thanks to West Virginia journalist Nerissa Young, who swung by the Charleston Daily Mail this week to lead a discussion on freedom of information.

mcclawwvNerissa is a former reporter at the Register-Herald in Beckley and has taught at Shepherd University, Marshall University and now at Ohio University. She’s also the author of “Mass Communications Law in West Virginia,” which was the hook for what she talked to the Daily Mail news reporters about.

Her discussion provided helpful advice but was equal parts pep talk, reminding reporters that they represent citizens with an interest and a stake in knowing what their government is doing.

It was a good talk, and if you have an interest in open government then be sure to check out Nerissa’s book.


Brad McElhinny is the editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail.  Brad McElhinny is editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail. I’m a Parkersburg native and a Marshall graduate. I live in Charleston with my wife — we’ll call her “Karen” — my two little girls, an easily excitable terrier, an aging obese cat and, now, a kitten named “Sweetie.” Read more from this author


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  1. Funny, I’ve never heard of her or anything significant she’s done regarding the Freedom of Information Act including taking public officials to task when they refuse to comply with a request. If you’re going to have someone lend advice to your staff about FOIA laws, and how it apply them, it’s a good idea to have that person speak from experience.

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