Reporters seeking information from state agencies asked for text messages sent from or to the head of that department for a two-week period spanning Jan. The results of this reporting were compiled into two reports distributed to all of the partners, who were then free to use the material as they saw fit.
Some partners may expand on what they found in their own stories.
9, making clear she wanted to personally brief Cooper's chief of staff on the results of an audit showing lax oversight of county social service agencies due for release three days later.
Even though that message and the exchange that followed were relatively short and not likely to arouse controversy, the request to provide them did pose a problem for the auditor's staff.
By Mark Binker and Kelly Kelly Hinchcliffe of WRAL News, Emery P.
Dalesio of The Associated Press, Steve Riley of The News & Observer of Raleigh, and Frank Taylor of Carolina Public Press.
"The public has a right of access to it because that's transparency, that's how you hold a government accountable.Other reports highlighting the use of public records include: It's impossible to know how many text messages are pinging from phone to phone regarding the public's business every day.That's in part because there's no firm count of how many state-owned mobile phones are deployed across North Carolina government, according to the state Department of Information Technology."The time it took to generate the texts for you was substantially more than it would be for an email or giving you a copy of a written memo," Attorney General Josh Stein said in a recent interview.The state, he said, needs to figure out how to adapt in a world where work habits of the modern office have evolved more quickly than the state's public records policy.