IPRA Friday is coming to Taos on Friday, September 8. Join other journalists to talk about public records and access. When: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: The Gorge Bar and Grill
The SPJ Rio Grande chapter is working to ensure you have the tools you need to do great journalism. We also have a fund available to help pay for public records requests. Read more about how to apply here
Reporting budgets are tight. Newsrooms and freelancers don’t always have money for public records requests. The Society of Professional Journalists has got your back. Thanks to a grant from the Thornburg Foundation, the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ has a fund to help SPJ members in New Mexico and El Paso face down daunting record-request fees. It’s good through the end of 2017.
A recent tweet from U.S. Immigrants and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed that the agency had arrested an Arkansas man on “child sex tourism charges.”
That arrest fit the narrative ICE spreads – that immigrants are criminals who need to be deported – so the agency released details. But try to get information on a detained immigrant not wanted for any crime other than living in the United States without legal status, and you get a different answer. Last month, after four days of back-and-forth emails, an ICE spokeswoman told me the agency would release no information on a case I was asking about “absent a signed privacy waiver from the individual.”
For days, she said she was researching my request. She could have given me that answer from the start. That’s called being given the runaround.