Pedal to the Metal: Speeding Up Stalled Records Requests
You file a freedom of information request with your local school district concerning financial data or a personnel investigation, but months later, there’s still no answer. What are the next steps, especially if your newsroom’s budget can’t stretch to cover the costs of suing for access? A veteran journalist and an expert on records requests offer strategies for success in making inquiries at the federal, state and local levels.
They address key questions, including:
- How often should you make freedom of information requests?
- How specific should a request be?
- Should reporters request text messages as well as emails from officials?
Our speakers offer do’s and don’ts and field your questions.
When: Tuesday, January 30, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
- Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian
- Michael Morisy, MuckRock