Miami University journalism students and faculty member Patti Newberry traveled to Athens, Ohio Saturday, Feb. 26 for the first Ohio Sunshine Summit at Ohio University. The students participated in a discussion about access to open meetings and records to kick off the day, which resulted in an overall feeling of frustration in the room.
We didn’t stop there. The day was full of networking with SPJ chapters and student journalists from Ohio University, Ohio State University, Kent State University, University of Cincinnati and professional journalists from the area. There were three concurrent sessions in the afternoon — one of which drafted a proposal for the Board of Regents to standardize public records and open meetings in the state of Ohio. SPJ President and WCPO I-Team reporter Hagit Limor concluded the day by showing some of her clips along with an inspirational speech.
Thanks to everyone for making this event possible!