By Dennis Hetzel, Executive Director

Access with Attitude

Dave Marburger and Karl Idsvoog wrote a book that should be in every Ohio newsroom.  (At least that’s my opinion as your executive director and a former editor.) “Access with Attitude: An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio” is an essential user’s guide to navigating the complexities and occasional weirdness of Ohio’s open records laws.

Now, Buckeye State journalists have another reason to purchase this book, which is available at a discount price to ONA members. Marburger and Idsvoog are donating their proceeds from this book to the Ohio Coalition for Open Government.

Marburger, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Cleveland, is a member of the OCOG committee and has represented many ONA members in Sunshine Law cases.  Idsvoog is a journalism professor at Kent State and an award-winning investigative reporter.

The retail price for the book is $29.95, but Ohio University Press is offering ONA members a 30 percent discount on orders between one to four copies. To get the discount, use discount code M1121 when ordering on the Ohio University Press website,

For a 40 percent discount on orders of five or more books, contact Ohio University Press’s business manager, Kristi Goldsberry, at (740) 593-1156 or

We also will have copies of the book available for sale at the annual convention, Feb. 13-14 at the Hilton Columbus at Polaris.

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