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Center for Investigative Reporting simplifies FOIA

A Kickstarter project aims to fund a website that makes the FOIA process easier

A team of investigative reporters and data journalists are building FOIA Machine, a website to help people navigate the complexities... More

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Climate scientist’s privacy victory may prove a loss for journalists

Court ruling limits access to public information in Virginia

After deliberating for months, late last week the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in favor of climate scientist Michael Mann in... More

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Existing restrictions on access to gun records? Not good enough, lawmakers say

Michigan lawmakers move to codify gun exemption even while strengthening FOIA law

DETROIT, MI -- The year of the Journal News backlash isn't over yet. When the suburban New York newspaper published... More

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FOIA win against government on drones

Will it lead to more or less disclosure in the future?

The enormous increase in public attention to the drone war in the past year arguably began with the leak of... More

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Gun permit data wasn’t maximized

The choice that faced the Journal News was not simply whether to map gun permit holders’ addresses, but how

In the weeks since the Journal News's publication of a controversial interactive map of gun permit holders' addresses in Westchester... More

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How an activist journalist’s commitment to a poor Chicago community led to a big FOIA win

After a years-long fight, city agrees that records of police misconduct complaints will be public

Jamie Kalven in the study of his home. (Photo by Patricia Evans) CHICAGO, IL — Ten years ago, a school janitor... More

JunketSleuth’s FOIA War With the FDIC

Perhaps it’s time for an “openness czar”

Russell Carollo, of Mark Cuban's JunketSleuth, has a great post up today about the way in which the FDIC aggressively... More

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Local California news site sues county sheriff

Lake County News believes it is suffering discrimination

A local news site in Lake County, CA, is suing the sheriff there for discrimination. Elizabeth Larson and John Jensen,... More

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Must-reads of the week

The “Deep Throat” garage, the gospel of disruption, and artisanal food

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

Nigeria’s New FOIA

Reporters enjoy new freedoms in a long-repressive society

Journalism in Nigeria has never been easy work, and the new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which finally became law... More

Q & A: Lucy Dalglish and Jennifer Lynch

Two open government experts talk about the year’s top FOIA issues

The FOIA Watchdog chats with Lucy Dalglish, director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Jennifer Lynch,... More

Q&A: Michael Morisy, Co-Founder of MuckRock

On helping journalists with their public records requests

MuckRock is an online startup that helps journalists streamline, track, and fulfill their public records requests. Since May 2010, when... More

Supremes Rule for Bloomberg Over the Banks

A big press win as Mark Pittman’s lawsuit pries bailout records from the Federal Reserve

Chalk one up for the people's right to know over the bank arm of the government's right to spend our... More

To Sue or Not to Sue?

The first two years of OGIS

Last June in Las Vegas, Corinna Zarek told a ballroom full of investigative journalists at the annual Investigative Reporters and... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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