Sunshine Week tips: 6 public records to request when reporting on local government


It is Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of access to public information launched by the News Leaders Association in 2005. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve asked journalists across different beats to share their advice for requesting open records and responding when facing roadblocks to access.  

Today, we have tips from Miranda Spivack, a veteran reporter and editor who specializes in stories about government accountability and secrecy, urban development, and immigration.

What are examples of public records that reporters should ask for when covering local government?

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