Create ‘Doc Squad’ in your state

ProPublica is creating a cool “Reporting Network Doc Squad” to establish people around the country who can request records from state governments as needed. This is particularly important because five states don’t respond to out-of-state requests (Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia and Delaware). These rules that prohibit out-of-state requests are archaic and should be dropped.

ProPublica inspires a great idea for doing statewide stories using records requests. It can be daunting driving around the state asking for records. So create  your own state’s Doc Squad with access pros throughout the state to gather records for large-scale projects. Might be a good initiative for a coalition for open government in your state.

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