Sunday, April 24, 2011

Study ties newspapers, open government

Everybody knows that open government victories have been won by newspapers, right?

No. But as law professor RonNell Anderson Jones of Brigham Young University reports in a new study, open government laws are directly the result of newspaper probes. She has concerns that the shrinking of newspapers -- and media capital in general -- might mean less effort in the future. The local news story reporting on her research quotes a blogger who just was elected to the state legislature saying, without any support at all, that she didn't think that would happen because some form of media would replace newspapers. Of course, the blogger offered no evidence or support nor did she indicate who would pay the lawyers needed to force open government.

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