By LEAH WILLINGHAM
The class assignment seemed straightforward enough: submit right-to-know requests to government officials, and use the information gathered from those requests to write a story.
Students in Keene State College professor Marianne Salcetti’s public records journalism class were ready to take on the challenge. They sent more than 20 requests to various institutions, including the college and the city of Keene, asking for records related to school enrollment and expenditures on police cruisers.
For a few students, the takeaway lesson turned out to be how hard government officials will work to deny access, and how to force their hand.