The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is vital to ensuring an open, transparent government.
FOIA is a tool used by the news media to keep the public informed of the public's business, but it is not exclusively for the media.
The law is also there for Joe Citizen to get a copy of a police report, to be notified of public meetings at least two hours in advance, to look at financial figures, etc.
Newcomers to office may not know that FOIA has certain requirements of them. For instance, they may be unaware that if two city council members go to lunch together to discuss a potential action, that could be deemed a public meeting with the same requirements as a regular committee meeting or council meeting.
The entire FOIA handbook is available at http://www.arkansaspress.org/publications/38-foi-handbook/ but here are a few general questions and answers from the handbook.