Public records are very serious business for newspapers because they form the backbone of most newspaper stories ■ Kenneth Kramer / Contributed [Editor’s Note – The California Supreme Court determined on March 2 that the public has a right to access emails and text messages about government business on the private phones and accounts of state and local officials and employees.] Happy Sunshine Week! (March 12 – 18) This week newspapers across the country will publish stories about the importance of public records and measure how well their local governments allow access to information. Public records are very serious business for newspapers because they form the backbone of most newspaper stories.

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