Monday, September 5, 2016

SPJ Greater Cincinnati Program: Media Public Records Requests Seminars on Sept. 14

Eliot K. Isaac
Police Chief

Public Information Office
(513) 352-3519


The Cincinnati Police Department has updated its process on how to submit public records requests to best meet the needs of the media and the public. The new online records request system and the availability of information through the City of Cincinnati’s Open Data portal are two ways members of the media can make your requests more efficient.

The Cincinnati Police Department is partnering with the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter to offer a pair of free seminars to help ensure journalists fully understand how to submit the most effective requests possible in order to receive the most time efficient response.

The first session will be from 10 - 11 a.m. (register: Early Session
Information will be repeated in a second session 2 - 3 p.m. (register: Late Session

Both seminars will be held at the Cincinnati Police Academy, 800 Evans Street, in Lower Price Hill.

Who should attend: Assignment managers, editors, producers, reporters and photographers from radio, television, print and digital outlets. The sessions are also a chance for newsroom personnel to become more acquainted with CPD public information personnel.

There are two main goals:
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS -- how to submit them to best meet the media’s needs. For example, body worn camera requests should be as specific as possible to enable the department to identify the footage and provide it in a timely manner.

OPEN DATA RESOURCES – sharing the availability of and access to the crime incident data and calls for service information that is currently available through the city’s open data portal. That allows media to conduct their own research on-line.

In addition, the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter will have information available on becoming an SPJ member and the benefits that membership provides. The chapter will provide refreshments for each session.

Lieutenant Steve Saunders, Public Information Officer
Tom McKee, Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter of the SPJ