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CJR: How one woman’s ‘hyperlocal C-Span’ brings transparency

Posted: October 1st, 2016, 2:00 pm
by Nydia Tisdale
How one woman’s ‘hyperlocal C-Span’ brings transparency to politics in Georgia

Nydia Tisdale and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens pose for a photo at Burt's Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, Ga., on August 23, 2014. Photo by Brian K. Pritchard/

Columbia Journalism Review
By Timothy Pratt
April 28, 2016

Nydia Tisdale, Georgia’s most notorious citizen journalist, crisscrosses the state with a cardboard box containing little red and blue books in the back of her 2003 Honda CRV.

The red one is Georgia’s Sunshine Laws; the blue one is Georgia Law Enforcement and the Open Records Act. Tisdale hands them out, with the earnest enthusiasm of a Jehovah’s Witness distributing The Watchtower, to elected officials in jurisdictions small and large (but mostly small), often right before public meetings.