School officials sometimes stonewall attempts by local media to photograph and interview students.

These attempts are often misguided.¬† For example, if a newspaper wants to interview and photograph¬† the Grade 6 student who had the highest marks or won the sporting event, it would be okay as long as it’s a public event.¬† Even if not, the general notice given to parents at the beginning of the school year regarding consent should be okay as long as it’s obtained from parents.

Please ensure that your reporters/photographers are armed with the proper information when heading over to the school to shoot video or snap pictures.

The Frequently Asked Questions for School Jurisdictions produced by Service Alberta answers questions on all of the above.

It’s available on the FOIP website at:

http://www.servicealberta.ca/foip/faqs.cfm

Posted by Dennis