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Linda Petersen
Managing Editor
The Valley Journals
801-254-5974 X 17
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Bio (click to expand) picture Linda Petersen is the managing editor of The Valley Journals, a group of 15 free, total market coverage, monthly community papers in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah.

She is president of the Utah Foundation for Open Government, a citizen coalition that works to educate and advocate for open government.

A past president of the Utah Headliners pro chapter, she is currently the chapter’s FOI officer and treasurer.

For her open government advocacy, she has received the Utah Press Association John E. Jones Award, the Utah Headliners Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award and the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Chapter Member Award.

Home > Freedom of Information > Reporter’s Guide to FERPA > Additional Resources

Reporter’s Guide to FERPA
Navigating the Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act


Additional Resources

Full text of Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act
Click to read text

Student Press Law Center
Frank LoMonte, executive director
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, VA 22209-2275
703-807-1904
Can provide free legal assistance to students in public records denials
Also, see: Student Media Guide to FERPA (2005)

United Educators
Chevy Chase, MD
(800) 346-7877 (301) 907-4908
One of the largest college risk-management insurance companies
Web Site
Contact: Karen-Ann Broe, director of risk management

Ann H. Franke, attorney and president
Wise Results, LLC
Washington, DC, consulting firm
E-mail
Also can be reach through United Educators

Dave Cuillier, chair
Freeedom of Information Committee
Society of Professional Journalists
E-mail
work: 520-626-9694
home: 520-229-1466

Quill: FERPA Foibles
Click to read article [requires SPJ membership]
How a federal student privacy law clashes with the right to know, and how it can affect your campus.
Report: Michelle Rydell

Wall Street Journal: Colleges' Culture of Privacy Often Overshadows Safety
Click to read article
In-depth Wall Street Journal investigation into FERPA misinterpretations involving school shootings, suicides, and other issues involving the health and safety of students
Report: Elizabeth Bernstein
Pub Date: April 27, 2007
© The Wall Street Journal

The Columbus Dispatch: College athletic departments use vague law to keep public records from being seen
Click to read article
Report: Jill Riepenhoff and Todd Jones
Pub Date: May 31, 2009
© The Columbus Dispatch

The American Center for Law and Justice
White paper explaining FERPA privacy exceptions for families
Click to read article
P.O. Box 90555 Washington, DC 20090-0555 1-800-296-4529
Legal Helpline Phone: 757-226-2489 Legal Helpline Fax: 757-226-2836

U.S. Department of Education
FERPA Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202
Web Site
Includes links to current FERPA Regulations and section-by-section analysis of regulations

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