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Public Records, But Not For Public Employees

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How best to teach budding journalists the uses of public records laws? 

Request public records.  That's what student media advisor Kate Willson did at Oregon State University. But OSU bristled at the records requests--on compensation and campus crime--and Willson began to fear for her job. 

We take up the issue of public records and who is entitled to what with Steven Wilker, a media law attorney practicing in Portland. 
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.