WRAL's series for Sunshine Week

WRAL is posting new material daily this week to its website about Sunshine Week. Today they are doing a webcast (almost over now) with the following panelists:

  • Ryan Thornburg, founder, Open N.C. and professor at UNC School of Journalism
  • Jason Hare, founder, North Carolina Open Data Institute
  • Moderator: William Moner, Elon University

1:30 p.m. Shining Light on the Legislature: Panel discussion of efforts to bring transparency to Jones Street

  • Brent Laurenz, executive director, N.C. Voter Education Center
  • John Clark, director, Reese News Lab at UNC School of Journalism
  • Laura Leslie, capitol reporter, WRAL
  • Moderator: Connie Ledoux Book, Elon University

2 p.m. - Laura Leslie says her wish-list for state government coverage includes: video of both sessions all the time, putting bill summaries online, committee drafts of bills made available before committee meetings. "The public shouldn’t see (committee drafts) before the lawmakers do? ... Why can’t the public see it?" says Laura Leslie.

1:55 p.m. - "It seems like getting audio in all the committee rooms would be a good start," says WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie.

1:40 p.m. - John Clark, director of Reese News Lab at UNC School of Journalism, says his students have created something called Capitol Hound, a searchable audio archive and alert system for N.C. General Assembly floor sessions and committee meetings...