Open Records Success: Strategies for Writing Requests and Overcoming Denials

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Open Records Success: Strategies for Writing Requests and Overcoming Denials

Learn successful strategies for requesting the records you want, as well as tips for overcoming an agency’s denials.

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Overview

  • Never filed a records request or still not confident in the process?
  • This self-paced course will help make you proficient in requesting records and overcoming obfuscation.

Suggested donation: $20.00

Suggested donation: $20.00

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the value public records can provide to reporting
  • Generate their own public records request
  • Execute strategies to overcome records denials

Suggested donation: $20.00

Suggested donation: $20.00

Overview

  • Never filed a records request or still not confident in the process?
  • This self-paced course will help make you proficient in requesting records and overcoming obfuscation.
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Requesting public records can be daunting for first-timers. Where do you start? What do you write? This course will make the process of requesting public documents easier by showing you precisely how to word your requests and how to overcome objections and denials from public agencies. We’ll walk you through figuring out what records you need, who keeps them and how to request that information from local, state and federal sources. With examples of real-world requests and their results, this course will inspire you to request information that has the power to change the way you report forever.

This course is designed to be completed at your own pace. Students may start anytime and should anticipate spending one to two hours learning.

Students should have access to a computer, the internet and working speakers.

Instructors

  • Barbara Allen
    Director of College Programming
    Barbara Allen is the director of college programming. She spent most of her professional career working in local media and higher education before coming to...
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  • Frank LoMonte
    Director, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
    Frank LoMonte was named director of the Brechner Center in August 2017. Previously, he was the executive director of the Student Press Law Center (SPLC)...
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