FOI and open records

  • Event: 2017 Tulsa Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Bob Nelon of Hall Estill Attorneys at Law; Corey Johnson of Tampa Bay Times
  • Date/Time: Friday, May. 5 at 9:45am
  • Location: Pocahontas Greadington Lrng & Creativity
  • 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. We'll discuss ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom with FOI.

Speaker Bios

  • Corey Johnson is an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. His work has uncovered police corruption, coerced prison sterilizations, state regulatory failures, excessive governmental secrecy and university scandals. His efforts have won IRE's top prize, the Gold Medal, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and garnered many other state and national honors. @CoreyGJohnson

  • A leading resource on Media and First Amendment Law issues, Bob has been named a Best Lawyer in America in First Amendment Law and Litigation-First Amendment and has been recognized as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer in First Amendment Law. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals. Through the years Bob has represented a large number of national media clients, as well as numerous local television and radio stations and newspapers.

Related Tipsheets

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  • Valuable lessons for reporting any story, anywhere
    Based on a story about California's seismic activity and the safety surrounding the issue, Johnson gives great tips and advice on how anyone can produce a safety story at any time.