The cool thing about being involved in journalism is that you don’t just write. Actually, you can’t just write. You have to have a wide knowledge base in order to successfully write. And, as my fellow journalists out there will understand, your knowledge base can’t just be politics, history or sports. You have to know law, which is why I was interested in Frank LoMonte’s session on FERPA, or the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
There was a lot of information that was thrown out there at a fairly rapid pace, which made it hard to digest all of it. But below is one of the key pieces of information I received regarding FERPA, which explains what FERPA most definitely does not cover.
–Law enforcement records
–Final outcomes where a college disciplines someone for a violent crime.
There is so much more to learn about the legality behind obtaining documents, but this was a good base and start.