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The Des Moines Register’s dissent

Iowa’s largest paper tries to shift the state’s culture toward transparency

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — In its own polite, Midwestern fashion, The Des Moines Register is mad as heck and is not going... More

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After murders raise questions about parole supervision, LA Times sues for records

Paper invokes Jaycee Dugard precedent to argue for access to parole documents

Registered sex offenders Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, are accused of raping and murdering four women in... More

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Allowing police to shoot someone without creating a record you can see

… And other bad ideas. Monitoring press freedom in the laboratories of democracy

In the 1932 case New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, Justice Louis Brandeis dissented from the US Supreme Court’s decision... More

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Can Ferguson police legally withhold the officer’s name? (UPDATED)

A review of Missouri’s case law and ​open records ​statute suggests ​​courts might see it as a close call

Editor's note: Police in Ferguson on Friday, Aug. 15 released the name of the officer involved in the shooting. Our... 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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Federal judge: Delayed access to court records raises First Amendment concerns

Courthouse News editor sees “nationwide plague”—and he’ll get a chance to make his case

It's been a routine for generations of legal beat reporters: Every weekday afternoon, at courthouses across the United States, a... More

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Florida newspaper exposes sweet deal for state politicians

The Tampa Bay Times’ clever public records reporting confirms pols’ secret hunting trips with sugar industry insiders

MIAMI, FL -- The Tampa Bay Times has been rolling out an impressive expose of secret hunting trips to Texas... More

My Lawyer, Myself

Suing the government for access to info, pro se

Inside well-funded newsrooms, investigative reporters can usually turn to company lawyers for help with stalled public records requests. But independent... 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

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Reporter faces jail time for scoop in gruesome murder case

A sensational homicide trial in Illinois tests the boundary of the state’s shield law

Patch.com editor Joseph Hosey has been hit with steep fines and potential jail time for refusing to reveal his source... More

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Sunshine peeks through in Iowa

A long-awaited public-information board is open for business in Des Moines, but the battle for government transparency is far from over

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- On Nov. 14, the newly-minted Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB), whose formation was the result of... More

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Texas reporters fight for access, public records

New strategies for legal battles may be necessary to reflect the changing media landscape

AUSTIN, TX — Over the summer months, Texas became a hothouse of media access issues surrounding some high profile stories—from... More

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What’s the matter with South Carolina?

The trend in the state turns against open government, but this debate shouldn’t be over yet

When it comes to secrecy in South Carolina, less more is more. In the last 90 days, the state Supreme... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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