Sunday, December 5, 2010

conclude

This is it: The final post of my class about public affairs reporting. It's been fun.

So I don't have a product to show. But I've learned a lot, they say that's what counts.

I've learned a lot about Washington. I've learned a lot about spreadsheets and data compiling.
I've gained. I hope the news does too.

I wonder if what I'm doing would even make a difference.

After all, what's the point of information being open if no one goes looking for it?

What I've discovered is that journalists get special treatment. When the public go looking for crime records, they're denied access. But then, why would the general public do that often?

But it's a horrid thought that they couldn't if they would. The public law was made for everyone, regardless of its use.

But it's sort of like a tree falling in the forest. If no one can hear it, does it make a sound?

I don't know.

And if there's not someone frequently beating on their door, I'm not sure why they would loosen their records restrictions. But I hope they will.

I think what might be better than publishing records would be to show residents why they should demand access to the things the law allows them.

But it's a little late for that, I suppose.