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 data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • 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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