Filed a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, but ran into a few bumps? The Society of Professional Journalists wants to help.
We know the process can be challenging, frustrating and sometimes confusing. We also know sometimes your only option is to obtain services from an attorney. Now, help from a FOIA attorney is just an email away. Send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your name
- Your best contact information
- Copy of your original FOIA request
- Current status of your request
- How we can help
Once you send the email, SPJ leaders will work with FOIA attorneys to connect you with a FOIA expert and resources to help.
The FOIA is a cornerstone of openness in our government; it compels federal agencies to yield millions of documents relating to government operations and performance. News organizations, scholars, and public interest groups use the FOIA to report information significant to public health and safety, and good governance.
SPJ hopes that by offering this resource, more journalists will be given the assistance they need to continue working as government watchdogs.
Lynn Walsh is a freelance journalist, creating content focused on government accountability, public access to information and freedom of expression issues. She’s also helping to rebuild trust between newsrooms and the public through the Trusting News Project. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email to collaborate on a possible project.