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Federal FOI Resources

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Access Reports Inc.

1624 Dogwood Lane

Lynchburg, VA 24503

Harry Hammitt, editor/publisher

Phone: (434) 384-5334

Fax: (434) 384-8272



Access Reports publishes a biweekly newsletter that reports on court cases and government information policy relating to FOI issues.

American Civil Liberties Union

25 Broad Street, Floor 18

New York, NY 10004

Anthony D. Romero, executive director

Phone: (212) 549-2500


The ACLU promotes the use and understanding of laws. The mission of the ACLU is to assure the Bill of Rights is preserved for each new generation.

American Library Association

50 E. Huron

Chicago, IL 60611

Keith Michael Fiels, executive director

Phone: (800) 545-2433



ALA works with the federal agencies to initiate legislation that will extend library services.

American Society of Access Professionals

1444 I St. NW Suite 700

Washington, D.C. 20005-6542

Phone: (202) 712-9054, ext. 9029

Fax: (202) 216-9646


ASAP helps federal employees, attorneys, journalists, educators, contractors and others working with access statutes such as the FOIA and the Privacy Act.

American Society of Newspaper Editors

11609B Sunrise Valley Drive

Reston, VA 20191-1409

Scott Bosley, executive director

Phone: (703) 453-1122

Fax: (703) 453.1133



The FOI committee works to strengthen FOI laws and takes an aggressive stance on breaking FOI issues.

Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

College of Journalism and Communications

University of Florida

P.O. Box 118400

3208 Weimer Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611-8400

Sandra F. Chance, executive director

Phone: (352) 392.2273

Fax: (352) 392.9173



The center conducts research and educates the public in mass media law, the First Amendment and freedom of information. It also maintains the Citizens Access Project, which provides links to FOI resources in every state.

First Amendment Center

1207 18th Ave. S.

Nashville, TN 37212

Gene Policinski, executive director

Phone: (615) 727-1600

Fax: (615) 727-1319



The center is a source of news, research and education on free expression, including FOI issues.

The National Freedom of Information Coalition

The FOI Center

Missouri School of Journalism

133 Neff Annex

Columbia, MO 6511-0012

Charles N. Davis, executive director

Phone: (573) 882-5736

Fax: (573) 884-6204


The FOI Center serves as the headquarters of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. It seeks to protect the public’s right to know through the education of media professionals, attorneys, academics, students and the general public. The center offers a collection of more than 1 million articles and documents related to public information access.

FOIA Group Inc.

1090 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20005

Jeff Stachewicz, president

Phone: (202) 408-7028

Fax: (202) 347-8419



FOIA Group helps prepare and file FOIA requests, initiates appeals when records are held improperly, produces FOIA-Ware software that assists in the preparation of FOIA requests, supports FOIA litigation, surveys government agencies and offers free advice.


Professor Barbara Fought

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Newhouse II

Syracuse University

215 University Place

Syracuse, NY 13244-2100

Phone: (315) 443-4054

Fax: (315) 443-3946



The group maintains the FOI-L listserv on FOI issues for the National FOI Coalition. To subscribe, send an email to listserv@listserv.syr.edu and in the message type “subscribe foi-l,” then leave a space and type your first and last names, leaving a space in between.

Journalism Education Association

Kansas State University

103 Kedzie Hall

Manhattan, KS 66506-1505

Linda S. Puntney, executive director

Phone: (783) 532-5532 or 532-7822

Toll-free: (866) 532-5532.

Fax: (785) 532-5563 or 532-6236



The association works to improve the quality of scholastic publications and the teaching of media by providing resources and support to teachers and advisers.

The Media Institute

1800 N. Kent St., Suite 1130

Arlington, VA 22209

Patrick D. Maines, president

Phone: (703) 243-5060

Fax: (703) 243-2453



The institute is a research foundation specializing in communications policy issues. It seeks to foster freedom of speech through filing court briefs and regulatory comments.

National Association of Attorneys General

750 First Street, NE

NE Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 326-6000

Fax: (202) 408-7014


NAAG helps attorneys general fill the responsibilities of office. It assists in the delivery of legal service to the state and territorial jurisdictions, fosters interstate cooperation and facilitates communication between the chief legal offices in all levels of state government.

Ohio Center for Privacy & the First Amendment

Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication

P.O. Box 5190

Kent, OH 44242

Timothy Smith, director

Phone: (330) 672-8289

Fax: (330) 672-4064



The Center, headquartered in Kent’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is a university-based, nonprofit institute engaged in research of government records and access issues.

Quill and Scroll Society

E346 AJB

School of Journalism

100 Adler Journalism Bldg

Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: (319)335-3457

Fax: (319) 335-3989

Richard P. Johns, executive director



The society encourages and recognizes individual student achievements in journalism and promotes Freedom of Information and First Amendment issues, primarily at the high school level. It also produces Quill and Scroll.

Radio-Television News Directors Association

1600 K. St. NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20006-2838

Barbara Cochran, president

Phone: (202) 659-6510

Fax: (202) 223-4007



RTNDA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. Its activities include lobbying to support cameras in the courtrooms and to keep FOI laws strong.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100

Arlington, VA 22209

Lucy Dalgish, executive director

Phone: (800) 336-4243 or (703) 807-2100

Fax: (703) 807.2109



The committee provides legal resources and assistance to journalists and publishes various FOI and other reports.

Security on Campus Inc.

133 Ivy Lane, Suite 200

King of Prussia, PA 19406-2101

Catherine Bath, executive director

Phone: (310) 768-9330



Security on Campus is dedicated to educating students, parents and the campus community about the prevalence of crime in the nation’s colleges and universities. The group helps individuals trying to access campus disciplinary records and crime records. It also works to improve freedom of information laws and posts related information on its Web site.

Student Press Law Center

1101 Wilson Blvd.

Suite 110

Arlington, VA 22209

Mark Goodman, executive director

Phone: (703) 807-1904



The center protects the First Amendment rights of high school and college student journalists and provides a number of freedom of information reports and packets.

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