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August 25th, 2008 • Quill Archives
Wrangle that wiggle room away from agencies

If your state’s open meetings and public records laws are anything like the laws in Maryland, there’s probably a lot of gray area that provides wiggle room for agencies and government bodies looking to delay or outright deny public access. It doesn’t have to be that way.

May 1st, 2008 • Quill Archives
Use the Internet effectively to find data

The Internet allows reporters to get specialized information on just about any topic with a few simple mouse clicks. But if your Internet searches don’t go beyond typing a few keywords into Google or visiting a select group of previously bookmarked pages, you, and your readers, are probably missing out.

January 24th, 2008 • Quill Archives
Empower readers, viewers with FOI advice

As an industry, we do an excellent job beating back ungrounded denials to access or officials hoping that if they charge $2,000 for a $4.99 copy of a database we’ll just go away. But as good as we are in living up to our role as public watchdogs, we are equally bad at telling our readers and viewers why access laws — and the battles we wage on their behalf — are important.

September 20th, 2002 • Quill Archives
Coalition help in state FOI battle

Coalitions made up of media organizations, attorneys, special interest groups and average citizens have found success in improving open government and open records issues across the nation. Key to the success of these organizations have been dedicated cores of individuals committed to making them work, a broad base of support that spans beyond the media and a well-defined mission that can bring groups with various agendas together for a single cause.