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Know Your Rights: The power of public records when dealing with law enforcement

In our culture of expanding surveillance, we are constantly encouraged to report suspicious activity to authorities. What can be done when the people you want to hold accountable are the police themselves? This project means to subvert that attention from our fellow citizens towards law enforcement.

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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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What’s the state of state public records law?

What’s the state of state public records law?

Over the last nine months, our FOIA Fellow Jessie Gomez has been looking at public records law across the nation through our State of State Public Records Law project. Today, we’ll be exploring the major takeaways from her reporting.

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Part One: Barriers to access

Part One: Barriers to access

High price tags and records exemptions remain consistent barriers to access.

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Part Two: Legislative reform

Part Two: Legislative reform

Legislative efforts to reform state public records law are good, but not enough.

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Part Three: Transparency advocates

Part Three: Transparency advocates

Transparency advocates serve as key players in gaining better access to government records.

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