What does freedom of information mean to you? Is access equal for everyone? In today's world where information is seemingly at our fingertips, is it really still free and accessible? Director of the Brechner Center, Janet Coats, will discuss public policy and laws relating to free access of information.
The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications exists to advance understanding, appreciation and support for freedom of information since 1977. Through education and promotion of freedom of information laws and policies, the Center seeks to foster open government and a participatory democracy.
Janet Coats is managing director of the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology at the University of Florida. Coats has been at the forefront of the seismic shifts in journalism and information culture over the last 25 years. She’s led large multimedia news organizations, done groundbreaking work in civic engagement and reader outreach, and built her own consulting company focused on engagement and sustainability strategies for non-profit and entrepreneurial news organizations.