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Loyola professor hosts East Asian journalists

December 2, 2011

S.L. Alexander, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Mass Communication, recently hosted a meeting with a group of 10 East Asian journalists traveling through the United States and studying issues regarding journalistic access to government records and meetings.

Alexander, who serves the Society of Professional Journalists as the Louisiana Freedom of Information Act chair and who co-founded the Louisiana Coalition on Open Government, told the group that one of the tenets of American journalism is the right of access to all government records and public information.

"I am honored to be called upon once again to share my knowledge of access to government records and meetings in the U.S. in order to serve as a citizen diplomat by extending friendship, knowledge and culture to international guests,” Alexander said. “Despite its occasional lapses, the system in the U.S. is unique in presuming openness to all citizens."

The New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council coordinated the visit on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, on whose behalf Alexander has previously shared her expertise with groups of international visitors such as journalists and academics from the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.

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