Last week, Kel McClanahan, the executive director of National Security Counselors, a public interest law firm who often represents intelligence employees, whistle-blowers, and reporters (including MuckRock), joined us on our Slack chat. What followed may not be legal advice, but it sure was interesting.
Last Friday, MuckRock’s Sam Whitmore Media Survey Fellow Jessie Gomez joined us for our weekly Friday FOIA Chat on MuckRock’s Slack Channel. Gomez is currently working on building FOIA resources for researchers and journalists, and one of the problems she is looking to tackle is the complicated, varying, and often baseless FOIA fees. Here’s some strategies that came out of the conversation.
Investigative data reporter for Buzzfeed Kendall Taggart joined us for MuckRock’s Friday FOIA Chat last Friday on Slack to talk about where to find data - and more importantly, what to do with it.
MuckRock Release Notes: Attachments stay attached, exports better export, and more documents in viewers
Last week there were a number of bug fixes pushed out, including fixing one bug report that netted the reporter three requests as our thanks. See below for all the updates and how to help make MuckRock even better.
Using records to inspect your snacks, understand Chicago surveillance, and following the money in law school gifts
Public records helped tell some important stories this week, ranging from the hidden dangers of the food we eat to the data that increasingly shapes our lives. Here’s some inspiration for your own transparency fight.