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Noontime Update – Right to Know: Open Records Basics, Changes and More


Feb 5, 2021




Teresa Shaak

In the past year, pandemic-related access laws have impacted agencies’ duties and public access rights, making this session more important than ever.

Melissa Melewsky, PNA’s Media Law Counsel, reviews Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law while defining aspects of the law and citing specific cases and examples. She’ll take a closer look at any changes, including how Act 77 affected access.

Most appropriate for editorial staffs, especially newcomers and those desiring a refresher course.

This one-hour webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon.

Registrants must have both a computer and audio/phone in order to participate.

There is no cost for PNA members.  Non-member fee: $20.

To register, complete the form below or email the PNA Foundation.  A confirmation with GoToMeeting log in instructions will be sent to each registrant one or two days prior to the sessions.


February 5
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation


Melissa Melewsky is Media Law Counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. She provides legal advice and advocacy to newspapers across the Commonwealth on a wide range of legal topics affecting the newspaper industry. Melewsky also advocates for newspapers as an amicus curiae in the Pennsylvania judicial system in cases affecting the newspaper industry including access to government records and meetings, First Amendment rights, and defamation. 

Melewsky has been a guest lecturer throughout the Commonwealth for media and civic organizations as well as government agencies and the court system on the Right to Know Law, the Sunshine Act and other laws that affect the media industry. Melewsky is a former co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Press Committee and is currently an active member.

Prior to joining the Association, Melewsky was the judicial law clerk to the Honorable William Harvey Wiest, Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas. She received a B.A. in Telecommunications from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law.