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Many of us talk about the importance of public records, but Ryan Thornburg has moved beyond talking. He has found a way to make public records in North Carolina easily accessible to the media and the public. Thornburg, an associate professor in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has created a project called Open N.C. It is an index of state, county, and local digital public records that are being used by journalists and others. Thornburg explains his project here: Tar Heel Talks — Data-Driven Journalism.

Making a cameo appearance in Thornburg’s video is David Ardia, co-director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy.

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