Reporter’s Guide to FERPA Is Now Available

FERPA, the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, has been scrutinized, criticized and has left many journalists ostracized after being denied information. But now SPJ offers the Reporter’s Guide to FERPA to help you navigate the act that has been used to seal off information from the media and public. The SPJ Freedom of Information Committee produced this guide for national Sunshine Week. The committee hopes the resource will help reporters and citizens acquire school records they are legally entitled to while still protecting student privacy.

Big props go out to former national SPJ president Carolyn Carlson, who spearheaded the project, and contributors Charles Davis, David Chartrand, Sonny Albarado and Jodi Cleesattle. You can learn more about FERPA on the SPJ National web site at the link above.

New Member from El Paso — Mia Cortez

By Betsy Model, President

Welcome to the Enchanted Side, Mia!

We’re delighted to announce that yet another SPJ member has joined our chapter from El Paso.

Mia R. Cortez is a native El Pasoan and a graduate of El Paso High School and UTEP. Her education includes the Tecnológico de Monterey in Monterey, Mexico, the University of San Francisco and L’Université de Versailles in France. Following graduation in 2003, Mia interned at the Scripps Howard News Bureau in Washington, D.C. before returning to El Paso to work at El Paso Inc.  She has served as publications advisor for UTEP Student Publications and is currently the editor of Southwest Senior and staff  writer for What’s Up and El Paso Inc.