Public Records Track: No one uses email anymore

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Pam Dempsey of The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Jason Hancock of The Kansas City Star; Daxton Stewart of Texas Christian University
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 11:30am
  • Location: Texas F
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

So many good public records stories have come from email communications among public officials. But as more and more public officials move away from email and communicate via text message, social media and secretive messaging apps, it's not as easy for journalists and the public to get their hands on these more ephemeral records. We'll discuss some strategies to find and get copies of these records, as well as how public records laws are adapting to these new technologies.

Speaker Bios

  • Pam Dempsey is the executive director of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. She is an award-winning journalist with investigative reporting and editing experience on topics including agribusiness, migrant farm workers, health, housing and Native American government. Dempsey is an online, print and radio journalist and has helped coordinate the start-up of two online newsrooms that heavily emphasize data journalism.

  • Jason Hancock is the lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star, where covers government, politics and policy in both Missouri and Kansas. @J_Hancock

  • Dr. Daxton “Chip” Stewart is a professor of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Dr. Stewart has served as the editor-in-chief of Dispute Resolution Magazine, was a city editor and columnist at the Columbia Missourian, and is a member of the Texas bar. He is the author of Social Media and the Law (2nd ed., Routledge, 2017) and co-author of The Law of Public Communication (10th ed., Routledge, 2017).

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