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Using records to inspect your snacks, understand Chicago surveillance, and following the  money in law school gifts

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.

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What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Lynn Walsh

What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Lynn Walsh

Emmy-award winning journalist Lynn Walsh joined us on MuckRock’s Slack channel last Friday, where she shared her advice on using FOIAs in an investigative piece.

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MuckRock Release Notes: Planned downtime Sunday

MuckRock Release Notes: Planned downtime Sunday

This coming Sunday, MuckRock will have two hours of planned downtime starting at 2pm Eastern as we roll out some major site upgrades. When we come back, you’ll have access to a revamped requesting tool and a host of powerful new features.

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What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Troy Thibodeaux

What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Troy Thibodeaux

Troy Thibodeaux, the Associated Press’ data desk editor, joined us on MuckRock’s Slack channel to talk about how to get and use data.

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Breaking the law with snail mail, large fees for student newspapers, and whether tweets are public record

Breaking the law with snail mail, large fees for student newspapers, and whether tweets are public record

What’s considered public record or not is not a new debate. But the increasing prevalence of social media use amongst government agencies and officials, such as Twitter, brings up a new debate: If you delete social media posts on an official account, is it a violation of public records laws?

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