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APSU PR employee, journalist to address sunshine laws, issues

Slated during Sunshine Week 2008, Austin Peay State Universitys third Library Athenaeum will focus on this national initiative designed to start public dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

At 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 on the third floor of Woodward Library, Melony Jones, communication specialist in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing, will give a talk titled Spreading Sunshine: Right-to-Know Laws Must Hold Strong for the Library Athenaeum.
Slated during Sunshine Week 2008, Austin Peay State University's third Library Athenaeum will focus on this national initiative designed to start public dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

At 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 on the third floor of Woodward Library, Melony Jones, communication specialist in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing, will give a talk titled “Spreading Sunshine: Right-to-Know Laws Must Hold Strong” for the Library Athenaeum.

“Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing and why,” Jones said. “The goal of Sunshine Week is to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.”

Prior to joining the Office of Public Relations and Marketing staff in 2005, Jones was a copy editor and staff writer for the Kentucky New Era, a daily newspaper in Hopkinsville.

Jones earned two bachelor's degreesone in mass communication and the other in history and governmentfrom Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. In December 2006, she received a Master of Science in Management from APSU. She also holds a master's degree in mass communication from Murray State University.

Currently, Jones is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration at Tennessee State University.

In her doctoral program, she plans to combine the graduate research she did at Murray State University on “sunshine laws” with higher education administration by assessing whether journalism education on the postsecondary level adequately addresses open meetings and open records laws. -- Dennie B. Burke