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A MuckRocker’s guide to requesting public records with the public

A MuckRocker’s guide to requesting public records with the public

FOIA can be a tricky process, but you don’t need to go at it alone. Here are some of our favorite tips, tricks and examples of opening up the public records process, whether it’s hosting an event to train others or building a larger records campaign that works to get more people involved. The benefits: More transparency, more documents and stronger laws that work better for all requesters.

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MuckRock launches inaugural Transparency Corps cohort

MuckRock launches inaugural Transparency Corps cohort

The initial cohort of three journalists will work to build transparency skills while working on a collaborative public records project and help in the development of a broader initiative.

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Join us for a training with Documenting COVID-19 on Thursday

Join us for a training with Documenting COVID-19 on Thursday

This Thursday, join us for a free training with Documenting COVID-19, the Columbia University-led initiative to help collect, analyze, and report on COVID-19 data and information around the country. This training will focus on information gleaned from analyzing medical examiner data, obtained in partnership with MuckRock through our COVID Public Info work.

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Training: Investigating your local jails? Reuters journalists share how to analyze and understand their new national data set

Training: Investigating your local jails? Reuters journalists share how to analyze and understand their new national data set

After years of reporting, Reuters has released a first-of-its-kind national database of deaths in local jails, offering a unique resource for news organizations looking to examine inmate mortality in the facilities they cover. Next Wednesday, Peter Eisler and Grant Smith share how they gathered and cleaned the data and how you can use it for your own reporting and analysis.

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Strategies and resources for using public records to understand COVID-19

Strategies and resources for using public records to understand COVID-19

On June 26, we held our first COVID Public Info training, giving journalists, researchers, and everyone else tips, tricks, and templates for using transparency laws to dig into public records. We covered ground like how to adjust your approach as governments still operate at reduced capacity, as well as called out some specific stories that used transparency to dig into key issues.

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