The art of access: Strategies for acquiring public records in an increasingly anti-media world

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: David Cuillier of The University of Arizona; Miranda Spivack of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

A series for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and a recent John S. and James L. Knight Foundation study reached similar conclusions: Records that should be public are getting harder and harder to get because of delays, high fees and officials gaming the system. Get practical tips, psychological strategies and tech tools for acquiring the records and data you need without having to go to court.

Speaker Bios

  • David Cuillier, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism, is a former newspaper journalist and now teaches data journalism, media law, and access to public records. He is president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, former president of the Society of Professional Journalists, and co-authored The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records. Reach him at [email protected], or on Twitter @David.Cuillier.

    • Miranda Spivack is a Journalist in Residence at the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. She has been an advising editor for, 2019 Fulbright Scholar in North Macedonia, independent journalist, New York Times. Former DePauw U Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Journalism Professor.  2017 SPJ Sunshine Award for “State Secrets,” on state and local government secrecy. Former editor ,reporter for Washington Post. In 2013, named best local government reporter by the Md, Del.,DC Press Association. @mirandareporter

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