Joint letter calls on Obama for more transparency

By on July 8, 2014

In a letter to President Obama, ONA and nearly three dozen other news media organizations urged the administration to be more transparent in how it deals with journalists. Specifically, the letter expressed frustration that “public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees.”

The letter calls on the administration to reverse these policies and that the president “issue a clear directive telling federal employees they’re not only free to answer questions from reporters and the public, but actually encouraged to do so.”

Josh Hatch

Josh is the assistant managing editor of data and interactives at the Chronicle of Higher Education and also the president of ONA's Board of Directors. He is actively involved in exploring the potential of online journalism to cover the news and inform the public in new and innovative ways. In his career he’s produced numerous packages that take advantage of the online platform, from election-based games to data-driven interactives, to narrative storytelling. At The Chronicle of Higher Education, he leads a team of data reporters, designers and developers to create data-driven interactive stories and multimedia narratives.