If you have to ask, you can’t afford it – Tennessee considers additional charges for government records requests

Student journalists in Tennessee may have one more education expense to consider. The Office of Open Records Counsel for the state of Tennessee recently held public hearings in three major cities to garner feedback on a proposal that would charge an additional “inspection fee” on top of the existing reproduction fees applied to government records.

Representatives for the OORC and the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government cite unanticipated volumes of records request as the main driver for this proposal. Opponents point out that these new charges would fall disproportionately on news organizations, which account for the bulk of records requests, and journalism students who can’t afford the additional expense.

Get used to eating Ramen.

Read more about this at the Student Press Law Center.

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