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.”
As part of its Freedom of Information program, SPJ DePaul produced a video about FOIA tips from the 2012 Excellence in Journalism conference in Ft. Lauderdale. The students interviewed veteran journalists and professors about overcoming challenges in filing FOIAs.
Moderator Anne Kavanaugh (left) and panelists prepare for the discussion.
SPJ DePaul’s Freedom of Information Panel discussion on Thursday offered tips on using FOIA requests and insight to how investigative journalists work.
The two-hour panel, moderated by DePaul adjunct journalism instructor and former TV news reporter Anne Kavanaugh, featured panelists Tim Novak and Chris Fusco of the Chicago Sun-Times and Mick Dumke of the Chicago Reader. The free event drew nearly 50 people to the basement theater at DePaul’s Daley Building, 14 E. Jackson Blvd.