FOI and open records

  • Event: 2016 Anchorage Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; John McKay of attorney
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9:15am
  • Location: See printed schedule for room information
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Learn how to use federal and state open records laws to draft records requests the right way. Covers ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom with FOI.

Speaker Bios

  • Jennifer LaFleur is the Investigative Reporting Workshop's data editor and teaches at American University. She previously was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed a team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She is the former data journalism director at ProPublica and has held similar roles at newspapers. She is a former IRE training director and serves on IRE's board.

  • John McKay is an attorney in Anchorage who specializes in media, advertising and intellectual property law. He is well known as Alaska's preeminent First Amendment attorney and wrote the Alaska Open Government Guide for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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