Court increases transparency
Courthouse News Service reported that after more than a year of litigation, the state court in Austin, Texas opened a review queue that allows journalists to report on e-filed civil complaints as they are received.
Courthouse News Service described it as bringing traditional access into the electronic era.
Clerks and administrators who fought for delays in access often claimed they need to review filings for confidential information. But supporters of the change said that responsibility lies with the filing lawyer.
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, a former teacher in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.