Kelley Shannon, President of Freedom of Information Foundation of TexasShannon offers insight

Kelley Shannon, president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (FOIFT), spoke on Nov. 27 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, about the latest open government efforts in Texas.

She informed participants of their right to public information and about the law providing those rights to all citizens.

Navigating public offices

Students and professional SPJ members were captivated by Shannon’s stories about her role as president of the FOIFT and her career in journalism. Numerous questions covered personal experiences and what to expect when requesting information from public offices.

Professionals shared experiences about government clerks behaving as if their office was their private space, when in fact, it belongs to the people. Shannon explained their right to access public records. Her presentation offered updates for pros and perspective for students as they make their way toward careers in media.

The event was jointly sponsored by this SPJ pro chapter and and the student chapter at Texas State.