Join us for this free all day workshop about open government.

Read the full press release here.

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — The Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies at Indiana University will hold a free daylong workshop in Indianapolis on March 17 on access to information.

“Letting the Sunshine IN: An Open Data and Open Government Workshop,” is open to anyone interested in open government and open data, including journalists, civic activists and neighborhood association members, said Anthony Fargo, director of CIMLAPS and a co-organizer of the event.

The workshop will be in the ballroom of University Tower, 911 W. North St., on the IUPUI campus.

Schedule of the Day

8 a.m. — Registration and breakfast

9:15 a.m. — Overview of Indiana access laws

  • Luke Britt, Indiana public access counselor
  • Steve Key, executive director of the Hoosier State Press Association
  • Moderator: Anthony Fargo

10:30 a.m. — “Contemporary Problems with Access”

  • William Groth, partner, Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe LLP, Indianapolis
  • Kara Kenney, investigative reporter, WRTV-Indianapolis
  • Mark Nichols, computer-assisted reporting coordinator, Indianapolis Star
  • John Russell, staff reporter, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Moderator: Anthony Fargo

Noon — Lunch and panel discussion, “What’s Wrong with Access Laws, and How Do We Fix Them?”

  • David Cuillier, director, School of Journalism, University of Arizona
  • Sandhya Kambhampati, data reporter, ProPublica Illinois
  • Jason Leopold, senior investigative reporter, BuzzFeed News, Los Angeles
  • Moderator: Anthony Fargo

1:45 p.m. — “Challenges of Open Data”

  • Zachary Baiel, president, Indiana Coalition for Open Government
  • Brant Houston, Knight Chair for Investigative Reporting, University of Illinois
  • Kimbriell Kelly, data journalist, Washington Post
  • Moderator: Gerry Lanosga

3:15 p.m. — Strategy Session and Hands-On Work

  • Moderator: Gerry Lanosga