Requester's Voice: FOIA Advice, Tips, and Tricks
C.J. Ciaramella (BuzzFeed)
John Cook (Gawker)
Brad Heath (USA Today)
David Jackson (Chicago Tribune)
Jenifer McKim (New England Center for Investigative Reporting)
Jennifer LaFleur (Center for Investigative Reporting)
Jason Leopold (Vice)
Kevin Poulsen (Wired)
Todd Wallack (Boston Globe)
Brooke Williams (New England Center for Investigative Reporting)
50 States of FOIA
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The Virginia-based advocacy group Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project talks to Tom Nash about how they use public records to push for police oversight.
Prison administrators are not known for their transparency and developing strong sources in and outside the system rarely comes easy. But since 2016 the Houston Chronicle’s Keri Blakinger has used Texas’ (relatively) strong public records laws to get scoop after scoop on her beat, even though most of the institutions she covers are over an hour away.