Freedom of Information Workshop Recap

Matt Topic, BGA outside counsel, presents to the workshop attendees. (photo/Emily Brosious)

Matt Topic, BGA outside counsel, presents to the workshop attendees. (photo/Emily Brosious)

DePaul students and members of the Chicago community joined us and the Better Government Association (BGA) last Wednesday to learn about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and how to use it for reporting. Attorney Matt Topic explained what the FOIA covers, what it doesn’t, and how to file a request with government agencies. He also shared steps for appealing a denied request.

Freedom of Information Request Workshop

You’ve probably heard of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but do you know how to file a request?

“The FOIA has compelled federal agencies to yield millions of documents relating to government operations and performance,” according to SPJ’s website. “Every week, a news organization, scholar or public-interest group somewhere reports information of significance to public health or safety or good governance — based on material gleaned from FOIA requests.”

Join SPJ/ONA DePaul for a FOIA workshop with the Better Government Association. This event is free and open to both members and non-members.

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1128

Email us at with questions or concerns. See you soon!FOIA Workshop