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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 (UPDATED)

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) UPDATE, 7/31: This week, the City of Chicago released... 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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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