Ashland City Council continues to allow media entry to executive sessions, after two journalists denied

ASHLAND, Ore. —Ashland City Council met Monday to talk about media presence at government meetings. This comes after two journalists were denied entrance earlier this month.

On January 18th, the Ashland City Council held an executive session. Under Oregon statute, journalists can attend.

According to mayor Julie Akins, it was because the city attorney believes it was within her right to not let them attend. The city attorney led a charge to create more restrictive rules around media attendance at Monday’s meeting.

That effort was stopped when the council chose to not adopt the new changes.

“Bring this issue before the council to ask if they would be interested in adopting a policy to try to define what news media is and what a representative of the news media is,” said Ashland City Attorney, Katrina Brown.

Going forward, Akins says reporters can continue to attend executive sessions.

“Because an error was made doesn’t mean we need to create separate legislation to deal with someone’s mistake,” said Akins.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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