In the D.C. area and want to learn how to peek inside federal agencies using FOIA? Join us on November 1st for a unique look at the latest strategies and new advice for more targeted requests presented by MuckRock founder Michael Morisy, followed by a few rounds of “FOIA Karaoke.”
Smart FOIA requests recently have shown how a government immigration complaint database has channelled fear and paranoia, helped a reporter see which journalists and activists get under a politician’s skin, and helped dig into how Trump officials are spending their time. Plus a new audit finds mix news out of Illinois.
Using public records to explore an AI religion, Wall Street’s secretive work for states, and a parking ticket near you
“Follow the money” is great on paper but can often feel tedious in real life, but this week there were a number of great examples showing how following a paper trail, whether documents regarding the incorporation of a religion or a parking ticket database, can lead to interesting stories.
This week there have been some great examples of the impact public records requests can have, including how a three-year fight for records ended up overturning a murder conviction, while another long-running transparency effort is leading to reforms in civil asset forfeiture in Illinois.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know to dive into CIA’s CREST archive and start searching like a pro.
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