Requester's Voice: FOIA Advice, Tips, and Tricks

Requester's Voice is a regular series that interviews top FOIA and public records experts about how to get the most out of the request process.

Activists

Steven Aftergood

Maurice Frankel

Chris Meller

Phil Mocek

Harry Scheeler

Edward Vielmetti

Journalists

C.J. Ciaramella (BuzzFeed)

John Cook (Gawker)

Justin Elliott

Phil Eil

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)

Brandon Smith

Todd Wallack (Boston Globe)

Brooke Williams (New England Center for Investigative Reporting)

Lawyers

Kel McClanahan

Laura Rótolo

Persis Yu

Researchers

Nate Jones National Security Archive

Michael Powell

Runa Sandvik

Ryan Shapiro

MuckRock Staff

JPat Brown

Beryl Lipton

Michael Morisy

50 States of FOIA

California

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Missouri

Iowa

Utah

Wisconsin

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68 Articles

EPA lacks information on nearly 10,000 farms it’s tasked with regulating

EPA lacks information on nearly 10,000 farms it’s tasked with regulating

The nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council published on Monday a review of information on factory farms - released despite industry objections - that calls attention to shortcomings in the EPA’s regulation of potential pollutants.

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Requester’s Voice: The Washington Post’s Steven Rich

Requester’s Voice: The Washington Post’s Steven Rich

Steven Rich, the database editor for the investigations team at The Washington Post, recently gained access to a database that traced every pain pill distributed across the US between 2006 and 2012. The database provides a look at where opioids have been distributed by which pharmaceutical companies, and shows that the federal government has long been aware of the scope of the opioid crisis. Rich spoke to MuckRock about taking advantage of a lawsuit to gain access to the Drug Enforcement Administration pain pill database and how to use public records to report on private companies.

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Requesters Voice: The University of Arizona School of Journalism’s David Cuillier

Requesters Voice: The University of Arizona School of Journalism’s David Cuillier

David Cuillier is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at The University of Arizona. He specializes in public records reporting and co-wrote the book, The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records, the second edition of which is being released this month. The book teaches journalists and involved citizens how to gain access to public records, which he says is an art that requires understanding of the system and human behavior. For this week’s Requester’s Voice, Cuillier spoke to MuckRock about his book and the study he worked on this past year.

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