Global Alert — March 21, 2010

U.S. Census comes to Indiana, Pa.

Preview of March 31 IUP journalism symposium on the 2009 Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.

Jeff Raykes, chief planner, Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, discusses local U.S. Census issues during a March 21, 2010, "Global Alert" program segment on the 2010 Census. With Raykes is daughter Adelaide Love Raykes. Photos by David Loomis.

Jeff Raykes, chief planner, Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, discusses local U.S. Census issues during a March 21, 2010, “Global Alert” program segment on the 2010 Census. With Raykes is daughter Adelaide Love Raykes. Photos by David Loomis.

1) On March 16, federal and local officials descended on Indiana University of Pennsylvania to remind residents about the decennial U.S. Census questionnaire that was arriving in mailboxes nationwide that week. Their message: Fill out and return the Census form based on where you reside on April 1. If that’s on the IUP campus, then students should so indicate on the 10-question Census form.

One local official who reinforced this message is Jeff Raykes, chief planner for Indiana County’s Office of Planning and Development. Raykes joined “Global Alert” in the WIUP-FM studio for the March 21 program segment on the local angle on the 2010 census.

2) On March 31, a journalism symposium on Pennsylvania’s 2009 Right to Know Law is scheduled for the Hadley Union Building’s Ohio Room, 7-8:30 p.m. The law has vaulted the commonwealth into the top tier of states with strong public-access statutes that strengthen citizens’ right to know about local- and state-government actions.

Megan Guza, IUP sophomore majoring in journalism and criminology, from Bentleyville, Pa. On the March 21, 2010, "Global Alert" program, Guza discussed her investigative reporting using the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.

Megan Guza, IUP sophomore majoring in journalism and criminology, from Bentleyville, Pa. On the March 21, 2010, “Global Alert” program, Guza discussed her investigative reporting using the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.

One citizen who has used the new law is Megan Guza, an IUP sophomore majoring in journalism and criminology, from Bentleyville, Pa. During the March 21 “Global Alert” program, Guza described her Right to Know Law requests for information from 14 State System of Higher Education campuses, including IUP.

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