Public Record Media (PRM) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that uses public records laws to support and enhance democratic governance. Since its inception, PRM has unearthed hundreds of thousands of pages of government records, and has made them available to researchers, members of the press, policy makers, and the general public.
Founded in 2009, PRM has four principal areas of operation:
- PRM investigates government activities by making public records requests to state, local, and federal government entities;
- PRM maintains a library of the government records it receives, and provides public access to its collection;
- PRM publishes original stories, and reports on the government records it uncovers;
- PRM engages in litigation to enforce public records laws, and files amicus briefs in important open records cases.
PRM’s work is frequently featured in the media — either through direct coverage of PRM’s activities, or from press stories built on PRM-acquired records. PRM and its work has been featured in the New York Times, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio, WCCO-TV, KARE-TV, the Drudge Report, Minnpost, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Lawyer, the Minnesota Reformer, Alpha News, and many other outlets.
PRM is managed by a volunteer board of directors with backgrounds in media, law, and public records access.
PRM’s day-to-day operations are handled by staffers with deep backgrounds in media and journalism.
PRM is organized as a Minnesota non-profit corporation, and files annual public reports on its activities.