August 4, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman | NHoffman@press.org
New rules at the Federal Communications Commission make it easier to access data on purchases of TV airtime during political campaigns. Stations must now provide electronic copies that the FCC is posting online.
Learn how to access these reports at a free program Aug. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room. To guarantee your space, you must register here.
Kathy Kiely, managing editor of the Sunlight Foundation, will discuss how to find the reports, what you'll find in them, and what's not yet posted online.
Kiely and colleague Josh Hatch also will discuss an effort to recruit journalists and volunteers around the country to add to records that are currently not online and put them in a searchable database. Kiely will also guide participants through "Political Party Time", which tracks fundraising events, and other Sunlight tools for following campaign money and lobbying.
The program is part of the election boot camp series for reporters sponsored by the Regional Reporters Association, the club's Professional Development Committee and the National Press Club Journalism Institute.