November 8, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 8, 2012 — University of Missouri Journalism Professor Charles Davis will keynote a Missouri Sunshine Law forum on Monday, Nov. 12 from 5-7 p.m. The forum will be held in Reed Auditorium of the Trustee Science Center, which is located on the southwest corner of Drury Lane and Bob Barker Boulevard.
“In an age with more media outlets and the politicization of news, it is more important than ever that citizens know how to hold their government institutions accountable,” said Dr. Jonathan Groves, professor of mass media and journalism at Drury. “The Sunshine Law and the Freedom of Information Act aren’t just for journalists, they are for everyone, and this forum will teach people how to become informed citizens.”
Davis’s research focuses on access to governmental information and media law. He has co-authored two books on accessing government information and the use of Freedom of Information laws. Davis also is the primary investigator for research grants that will benefit the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
Davis will speak from 5-6 p.m., then, from 6-7 p.m., Drury will host a Sunshine Law panel with representatives from the:
· Springfield News-Leader
· City Utilities of Springfield
· The Springfield-Greene County Library District
· The League of Women Voters
· The City of Springfield.
Journalist Mike Sherry, president of the Missouri Sunshine Coalition,will moderate the panel.
Light refreshments will be available.
Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.
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