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Since 1996 the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has offered a free letter-generating service to provide users with the correct language and structure for FOIA requests. Over the past year the committee looked for ways to expand this tool to better serve reporters. In recognition of the fact that a single investigation can require hundreds of FOIA requests, they sought to make it easier for journalists to track and organize records requests.
“Reporters are always trying to remember where they’ve submitted requests, how much time has passed since they made the request and who they need to follow up with,” said Emily Grannis of the new ifOIA website.
Scholars and watchdog groups say the federal government — and the Supreme Court — have slowly expanded privacy rights beyond the guidelines established in FOIA. Supreme Court decisions in five FOIA cases shed light on how the government came to value privacy interests over the public’s right to know.
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Thanks to Workshop and AU students Danielle DeCourcey, Justin Warren, Pietro Lombardi, Mariam Baksh, Mel Jones, Miranda Strong and Moriah Balingit, and Northwestern student and Workshop intern Cathaleen Chen, for their work in today's Washington Post on the plight of the black middle-class in Prince George's County, Md. Today's piece is the second in a three-part series.
The Workshop's data editor, David Donald, and a team at the Center for Public Integrity today received the first-place 2014 Philip Meyer Journalism Award from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.
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