The Ohio Sunshine Law quiz contains questions based around real-life situations often encountered by journalists.

The Ohio Sunshine Law quiz contains questions based around real-life situations often encountered by journalists.

Every reporter who has ever tried to get a public record or argue against an executive session knows two things about Ohio’s sunshine laws.

  1. The statutes contain stirring language that meetings and records are presumed open to public access.
  2. The laws seem to attract new exceptions and bad court rulings faster than a sofa collects cat hair.

So, with those two points in mind, attorney Jack Greiner, one of Ohio’s leading experts on access laws, created a quiz on Ohio Sunshine Laws that every journalist in Ohio should take.  Newsroom groups can take the quiz together and discuss the answers, too.

It won’t be a burden. It’s fun. You’ll see that Jack created some fascinating situations involving local officials doing all sorts of mischievous things behind closed doors. We’ll be surprised if anyone gets every question right. You will learn a lot.

To take the quiz, click here to download it as a PowerPoint presentation.

We plan to further improve the presentation of the quiz in the near future and make it available to all Ohio citizens as well as government officials.

For now, we think it’s a great contribution to Sunshine Week 2014.  ONA particularly thanks Greiner and his colleagues at Graydon Head & Ritchey in Cincinnati.  Many hours were donated to create the quiz and ensure the answers square with state laws and the most recent court interpretations.

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