Maine Public Records: Video Tutorials

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An Introduction to Public Records
Taught by Sigmund Schutz, a partner at Preti Flaherty in Portland. He has been newsroom counsel to Maine’s largest news organization for more than 20 years. Schutz frequently defends broadcast and print media.

3 Requests 3 Stories
Samantha Hogan of The Maine Monitor explains how to make three specific requests using the Freedom of Access Act and what stories can be reported with the records received.

Public Record Appeals
This class focuses on the appeals process for denied records requests and strategies on how to get public information. Discussing the Maine Freedom of Access Act is attorney Sigmund Schutz, a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors.

How Newsrooms Fight Public Record Denials
Callie Ferguson of the Bangor Daily News shares step-by-step accounts of how she used the state’s appeals process to push back against public record denials.

Accessing Police Misconduct Records
Attorney Sigmund Schutz and editor Judy Meyer discuss police misconduct records and how they can be obtained under the state’s Freedom of Access Act.