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Health Journalism 2011: Officials, reporters offer conflicting advice on getting public documents

The fight by journalists to obtain public documents isn't likely to get any easier, according to the four speakers on the standing-room-only panel Right to know: Getting information from government agencies as part of Health Journalism 2011.

While one government official suggested reporters should "be friendly" in their requests, a reporter on the panel said a reporter's personality shouldn't matter. She also said she's never made an FOI request, despite having done an award-winning investigation into nursing homes. 

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