I came across a great blogpost yesterday called “E-mail as Public Record: Five Things You Should Know.” It’s a very informative read. But more importantly, I was happy to see that it was written by a UNC professor.
Frayda S. Bluestein is a professor of public law and government and an associate dean for faculty development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and 11 other UNC professors author the blog, which focuses on legal issues affecting local governments and other public agencies in the state.
They do a great job of making all that hard-to-understand legal mumbo jumbo make sense to the average person. For example, if a public official e-mails his wife (using his government e-mail address) and asks her to pick up some bread for dinner, is that e-mail considered a public record? If you don’t know the answer, don’t worry. Frayda explains it all here.
Below, I’ve included a list of topics that the professors blog about. Of course, I’m most interested in open government, but there are many other topics on this list that I could use to be a better journalist … or hey, even to be a better informed citizen. I hope you’ll check it out:
- Board Structure & Procedures
- Community & Economic Development
- Ethics & Conflicts
- Finance & Tax
- General Local Government Law
- Human Services
- Land Use Law
- Open Government
- Ordinances / Police Power
- Purchasing, Construction, Property Transactions