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Participate in a MuckRock Assignment and support journalists nationwide

Participate in a MuckRock Assignment and support journalists nationwide

Whether you’ve had a bad records experience, care about violence against women, or want to sift through some government materials yourself, there are free, simple ways you can support MuckRock’s mission to increase government accountability.

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What is an FBI background check?

What is an FBI background check?

Last week, President Donald Trump ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to perform a renewed background check into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Pulling from what we’ve seen over the years from other FBI files, here’s some context on what that means.

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How to read an FBI file: A beginner's guide

How to read an FBI file: A beginner’s guide

With the recent launch of both our book of Federal Bureau of Investigation files and a crowdsourced effort to analyze Ronald Reagan’s 30,000-page file, we thought it would be the perfect time to answer one of the most frequently asked questions we get here at MuckRock: How do you even begin to tackle these huge releases?

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FOIA FAQ: Appealing fee categories and waivers

FOIA FAQ: Appealing fee categories and waivers

Crafting an appeal can be daunting, but the results are worth it. Here’s some quick tips on what you can do to get an agency to reconsider your fee category, which can result in drastically reduced costs.

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Feature Focus: Getting the most out of DocumentCloud

Feature Focus: Getting the most out of DocumentCloud

Back in June, we announced that DocumentCloud and MuckRock were merging. Today, DocumentCloud’s co-founder - and our Chief Strategy Officer - Aron Pilhofer will outline some of the platform’s less-known features to ensure you’re getting the most out your hard-won records.

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