Terry Mutchler, the former chief of Pennsylvania’s open records office, says freedom of information laws have the power to effect major change — but only if journalists know how to use them.
Speaking at the PAPME awards banquet Friday night, Mutchler said there is a direct relationship between lack of transparecny and government corruption, especially in Pennsylvania and Illinois, where she previously covered state government.
Afterward, she told young journalists that relying on open records laws can promote the public good as well further their own careers.
Interview by Gabriella Santoliquito. Video by Stephanie Kulikowski.
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Avery Maehrer may currently be in Florida as a Walt Disney World intern, but he was honored Friday night in his home state of Pennsylvania.
As a recent Temple University graduate, Maehrer was awarded The Ralph Flamminio Memorial Scholarship presented by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors during the 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference in Gettysburg.
Maehrer said in a video acceptance speech played at the awards banquet that he couldn’t attend because he had just moved to Orlando to begin a post-graduate internship.
“I grew up in Allentown, and the Morning Call is delivered every day to our front door,” Maehrer said. “It was the first paper I ever knew, so to receive an award named after on of its former editors is very meaningful to me. And the scholarship is a huge help, as my student loan payments are quickly approaching.”