Allison Dyer Bluemel and Adrian Garcia

Allison Dyer Bluemel and Adrian Garcia

Windsor Now and Greeley Tribune reporter Allison Dyer Bluemel and Fort Collins Coloradoan reporter Adrian Garcia represented the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at the Colorado Student Media Association’s Journalism Day on Oct. 8 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The reporters and SPJ Colorado Pro president Ed Otte conducted sessions on Journalism Internships and Careers and on Ethics in the Newsroom.
Visit to Colorado Mesa University

Visit to Colorado Mesa University

The Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Colorado Press Association on Oct. 1 visited the Department of Languages, Literature and Mass Communication at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Mike Wiggins, managing editor of The Daily Sentinel, left, Ouray County Plaindealer co-publisher Beecher Threatt, associate professor of Mass Communication Dan Flenniken and Evergreen Newspapers editor Doug Bell are pictured at Escalante Hall, which houses the department. SPJ Colorado Pro president Ed Otte was also on the visitation team.

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Denver Post reporters John Ingold and Jordan Steffen discussed their coverage of the four-month Aurora theater shooting trial, and answered questions from the audience, at the Sept. 24 program at the Denver Press Club. The program, sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, was taped by Denver Media Services and will be broadcast on Denver Channel 8.

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Colorado Pro Chapter Society of Professional Journalists and Colorado Press Association representatives visited the Metropolitan State University of Denver journalism program on Sept. 14. Left to right: Linda Shapley, director of news operations at The Denver Post; Nikki Work, Greeley Tribune reporter and MSUD graduate; Gabrielle Porter, Evergreen Newspapers reporter and MSUD graduate; Marilyn Starrett, MSUD public relations assistant professor of journalism; Kenn Bisio, MSUD professor of photojournalism; Joanna Bean, editor of The Colorado Springs Gazette; Jerry Raehal, CPA CEO. SPJ Colorado Pro president Ed Otte was also on the visitation team.

Denver Post reporters John Ingold and Jordan Steffen will discuss their coverage of the Aurora theater shooting trial at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place. The program, sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, is free and open to the public.

A jury found James Holmes guilty on July 16 of 24 counts of first-degree murder – two for each victim slain – as well as 134 counts of first-degree attempted murder, six counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of explosives possession in the July 20, 2012, shooting during the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Aurora 16 theater.

The four-month trial concluded on Aug. 26 when Judge Carlos Samour Jr. sentenced Holmes to serve 12 consecutive life sentences in prison – one for every person he killed – followed by another 3,318 years for trying to kill 70 other people and plotting to blow up his apartment.

Ingold, a CU-Boulder graduate, joined The Post in 2000 as an intern. He covers federal courts and medical marijuna.

Steffen, also a CU-Boulder graduate, joined the newspaper in 2009 as an intern. She covers the state court system.

Metered street parking is available on Glenarm Place in front of and near the Press Club. The meters accept credit cards. Parking is also available in a public lot on the southwest side of the Club.

Registration is open for the 2015 national FOI Summit, to be held at the Curtis Hotel in Denver on Oct. 9-10.

The “open government” portion of the two-day conference, co-sponsored by the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFOIC), is on Saturday and will feature panels on issues related to police body-worn cameras, government emails and open data.

Most of Friday’s panels will focus on organizational matters for NFOIC-members such as the CFOIC.

A Saturday-only conference rate of $75 is available for those who register by Sept. 1. The price includes the NFOIC’s “Hall of Fame Luncheon,” which honors “an individual who has left a legacy at the state and local level for their service, accomplishments and contributions to keep state and local government records and meetings open and accessible to residents.”

Saturday’s agenda:

Policing the Police: Should police body-cam videos be publicly available? Do citizens have the right to record police conduct? What redaction policies and procedures should occur? What are the challenges to store and maintain the digital files? Can the public access police internal affairs reports? When do records become public during/after an investigation and why?

Hall of Fame Luncheon and Keynote Speaker (TBA)

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: What use is a robust public records act if the emails, texts, and other digital records “self-destruct” before the public can even ask to see them? Or where shoddy record keeping puts a financial burden on the petitioner to access and view these records? If the digital files are stored outside of government servers, what rights do citizens have to access those public records? How can you challenge a denied response where the records custodian claims their search turned up nothing to meet your criteria? Why the inconsistencies across jurisdictions for the same type of records requests?

OpenData – No Need to Ask: FOI and OR requests are expensive, time-consuming and often frustrating – sometimes for both sides. Proactive open data policies and procedures can make access to public information cheaper and easier for everyone. A consistently applied definition of a “data set” including what is available right now from public agencies, to what is being (digitally) generated each day by agencies and organizations, determining what data should be public and how it should be made more accessible, will take a dedicated effort from public organizations and members of the public. The need to work together on policies and practices that create and complement best practices to collect, organize, manage and report public information can result in win-win results for both record custodians and record petitioners. Both public organizations and the FOI community must share an understanding of what open data is most useful and how to make it cost- and time-affordable for the public to access it.

The full agenda is here. More details will be added soon.

Register here.

Those needing a hotel room can make reservations at the Curtis until Sept. 8 at the special conference rate of $139/night. Click here for reservations.


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