The first meeting of the Media Club initiated in the framework of the “Public Information Online Resources Database” project financed by the Open Society – Georgia Foundation was held on October 1st in the office of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information.
During the meeting media representatives were informed about the major objectives of the project that comprises displaying different types of public information on the Institute’s web-site.
Furthermore, it was noted that because public information is delivered to the society through media, and especially through organizations producing investigative journalism, the Media Club was created to enable the Institute in executing the project and to obtain recommendations from the media sector representatives about the types of public information that is most relevant and important to them.
At the first Media Club meeting it was agreed that in order to avoid duplicate requests of public information performed by the Institute’s staff and the media club members, following the Institute’s request of public information from government agencies, the information covering the content and the recipient of the letter will be mailed to the members of the Media Club. This will also save the time and energy of the media sector representatives.
Furthermore, it was agreed that short annotation summaries of received public information will be distributed to the media club members in a dynamic regime, to ensure that the information is first accessed by them. At the meeting, it was agreed that the Media Club meetings will be held regularly once a month at the office of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, 4 Machavariani (Aragvi) Street.
The next meeting is planned to take place after the presentation of the on-line resource database web-site. The Media Club is open for all interested journalists.
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