Sunshine Week Audit Finds Some Records Tough to Obtain

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It’s Sunshine Week. Journalists and open government advocates set aside this week each year to celebrate open records and push for stronger open meetings and public records laws. We know not every Raleigh resident can attend City Council meetings or dig through public records to see whether that permit was approved. That’s why we are here.
Yet Sunshine Week is a good reminder to Raleigh residents that public information is just that — public. You don’t have to be a journalist to request records or ask questions. For the untrained, the process may seem scary or difficult. So we sent our two interns in for an audit of three area government agencies. Our interns this semester are new to reporting, just like most residents.

We wanted to know whether they would find the assignment easy or encounter roadblocks. Here is what they reported.


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