Public Record Media (PRM) is a Saint Paul-based non-profit organization that conducts public record-centered publication, legal work, and education. Over the course of its history, PRM has obtained hundreds of thousands of pages of government records, and has engaged in extensive public records litigation. Since 2014, PRM has also trained scores of Minnesotans about how to utilize open records laws.
Seeking government records: PRM uses state and federal open records laws to obtain a wide variety of government documents. Records obtained by PRM are used for PRM’s original reporting, or are shared with local and national press organizations. Documents obtained by PRM have supported reporting efforts by the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, Minnpost, Minnesota Public Radio, and other new outlets.
Legal work: PRM has engaged in successful Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against a variety of federal agencies, and has submitted amicus briefs in multiple state-level legal disputes over access to government records. PRM’s legal work seeks to maintain robust case law in support of public access to government information.
Public education: PRM trains citizens across Minnesota about how to use state and federal open records laws, and answers citizen inquiries about access to government data.