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Eric Freedman

About: Eric Freedman

Eric Freedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is professor of Journalism and director of Capital News Service and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. He is a former Lansing Bureau reporter for the Detroit News and has been a Fulbright journalism instructor in Uzbekistan, Lithuania and the Republic of Georgia.

What do Menominee County and Keweenaw County have in common? They have no daily or weekly newspaper to call their own, and are among 171 such counties across the country, according to a national study by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. And the “news desert” situation is growing more dire as traditional news media continue to take economic hit after economic hit,...
Michigan once pioneered in enacting freedom of information and open meetings – transparency – laws. The rationale was that information held by our government at the local and state levels belongs to the people, and that public agencies have a duty to provide that information as quickly and inexpensively as possible. The Michigan Municipal League has described the “basic intent” of the Open Meetings Act...

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