FOIA

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  • Legal

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    Report: Access to government information will probably worsen in the Trump administration

    Journalists will probably have to fight harder than ever for access to government information under the Trump administration, according to a new survey of 336 freedom of information experts published Monday.

    Nine out of 10 experts surveyed predicted that access to government information will get worse over the next four to eight years, according to the report, which was produced by David Cuillier of the University of Arizona for the Knight Foundation.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    FOIA Machine is joining MuckRock

    MuckRock, the nonprofit dedicated to transparency and open government, announced Tuesday that it's adding FOIA Machine to its organization. MuckRock, which helps reporters file freedom of information requests and other services for a fee, will maintain a FOIA Machine site separately and keep it free.

  • Innovation

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    FOIA Wiki launches in beta

    A new tool launched on Monday seeks to work as both a resource and a collaborative space for people using the Freedom of Information Act.

    FOIA Wiki, from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, includes details on FOIA exemptions and fees, contact information for federal agencies and an open forum for questions. There's also a page with FOIA basics.

  • Tips/Training

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    7 lessons from BuzzFeed’s 'FOIA-friendly newsroom'

    Does your newsroom have a public records strategy? Do you track how many Freedom of Information requests reporters make? Who do your reporters turn to for help if they are struggling to get records?

    Answers to these questions likely vary by newsroom, but I recently got a chance to find out how BuzzFeed’s news staff is working to improve the public records process by creating what it calls a “FOIA-friendly newsroom.”

  • Tips/Training

    Article

    Running into a brick wall with your FOIA request? Take it public

    When I’m having trouble getting public records from a government agency, I’ll often turn to my colleagues for advice or just to vent. But sometimes, you need to take your struggle public.

    That’s what New York City reporter Joaquin Sapien did last month. After spending nearly a year trying to get records from the city and exchanging more than 50 emails with a freedom of information officer, he finally had enough.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    Here's why you can't successfully FOIA President Obama's 'Game of Thrones' screener

    Do you remember your first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request? Vanessa Golembewski, a features writer at the entertainment and lifestyle website Refinery29, has a memorable one.

    She recently asked the federal government to give her unreleased episodes of "Game of Thrones" after learning that the TV show had given advanced copies to President Barack Obama.

  • Tips/Training

    Article

    Reporter reveals ‘12 kinds of emails’ professor got after blocking media

    I remember watching coverage of the protests at the University of Missouri in November and seeing a YouTube video of an assistant professor grabbing at a journalist’s camera and calling for backup to block him from recording.

    "Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here!" Melissa Click said in the video, which went viral.

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