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R.I. school fined $1,000 for breaking
public records law


VTDigger: Vt. Gov. Shumlin puts lid
on public records


Transit agency in
Mass.’s ‘abysmal’ stonewalling on files


Globe’s STAT adds subscription service

Maine daily urges openness on state private-firm pacts

Mass. college calls cops on reporter
in flag burning flap


Connecticut court
to decide if insults
were free speech


Boston’s MuckRock adds free tools site FOIA Machine

Mass. IT agency
uses ‘public safety’ excuse to hide files

Boston’s Burst
melds user videos with client platforms

Northeastern among 49 J-schools in Google News Lab

N.H.’s Loeb School lists its 2017
workshop schedule

Registration open
for BU's March
narrative workshop




Names, numbers and
email of NENPA and
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Mass. AG Healey: Latest
public records reform law
promises more transparency

By Alison Berstein
Bulletin Correspondent

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association annual meeting that she sees promise in the public records reform law enacted in Massachusetts this year.

Healey discussed the public records reform, which takes effect Jan. 1, at the MNPA annual meeting Friday, Dec. 2. The law is designed to enable more efficient public access to government records.

“The heart of it is making sure that the public feels like they know what’s going on,” she said.

The reform aims at protecting the rights of requesters when agencies wrongfully deny them records. In the case of such denials, courts may award lawyers’ fees. The law also calls for agencies and municipalities to make electronic documents accessible in electronic form, and for state agencies to post commonly requested public records online.

“My hope is that we see agencies responding to the law,” she said.

“Government accountability and transparency is as important as it’s ever been,” Healey said. “People may agree or disagree, but never for lack of integrity.”
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Free-speech problems are inherent on social networks
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Publishers finding success with news on Instant Articles


Robert O.Y. Warren III, former chairman
of The Suffield (Conn.) Observer

Brian R. Mahoney, editor in chief
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Jefferson D. 'Jeff' Ackor Sr. Nubar Berberian
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R.I. gov asks court to hide files in Schilling-firm probe
Mass. transit agency continues stonewalling on files
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Boston cops’ new software to scan social media
Maine daily urges openness on state private-firm pacts
Mass. IT agency uses ‘public safety’ excuse to hide files
Trump’s flag-burning sanction apes toothless Vt. law
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