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12.4: Public-Sector Institutions
Publishing general information for citizens
The federal government is willing, and in some cases eager, to provide some information to all who seek it. They produce prodigious numbers of publications and websites for general readers. This is especially the case with consumer information through the Federal Citizen Information Center at the Publications.USA.gov website.
Serving as an information clearinghouse
State and local government agencies produce similar types of publications – everything from media kits & news releases to minutes of meetings to newsletters and magazines that focus on state or local issues. Monitoring the offices with which you have regular contact for these types of routine communications is essential for you to keep up with your media assignments.
International agencies and commissions meet regularly to deliberate on subjects such as agricultural production, the world’s money supply, labor issues, nutrition, disarmament, and trade. Each agency produces information about its decisions and the reasons for its actions.
These agencies also publish periodicals, generate and interpret statistics, and issue news releases about their areas of interest. This material is usually available on the agencies’ websites or through their public information offices. Many of these international agency documents are also available in the federal depository libraries that house U.S. government documents.
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