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View the latest Trent TV online: Tips on obtaining and reveiwing public officials' emails
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011, 03:04PM CST
By Lynn Walsh
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Missed our latest episode of Trent TV? No worries. You can learn tips and suggestions on obtaining and reviewing public officials’ emails anytime you want by watching the archived video.

From how to write the public record request to get the emails to tips on cutting down the potential costs of the email documents, Texas Watchdog’s Jennifer Peebles goes through it all in the March episode of Trent TV.

Watch the entire video below or on our Vimeo page.


Texas Watchdog TrentTV: Obtaining and reviewing public officials' emails from Texas Watchdog on Vimeo.

And if you are wondering why you would want to look at a public officials’ emails, Peebles has plenty of examples of stories that would not have been possible without the email correspondence of public officials included.

Some useful websites highlighted in this episode:

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press website has information about the public information laws in your state and a public information request letter generator that is very easy to use.

The Brechner Citizen Access Project website also has information about the public information laws in all 50 states.

Have more questions about the topic discussed in this episode of Trent TV or any others? Get in touch with us: news@texaswatchdog.org, Twitter @TexasWatchdog (#TrentTV) or on Facebook.

Trent TV is a free monthly journalism webinar focusing on open government issues. It airs LIVE on www.newmediatv.org to help journalists, citizen journalists, blogger, activists and you!

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Photo by 'On the Air' by flickr user pobrecito33, used under a Creative Commons license

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