Public Records Track: Free the docs: Organizing large-scale public records projects from start to finish (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Aron Pilhofer of Temple University; Michael Morisy of MuckRock
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 11:30am
  • Location: Oceans 9-10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learn how to successfully manage a large-scale investigation that juggles dozens or hundreds of FOIA and public records requests as well as other open source information, with tips on everything from language to use to managing following up and finally cleaning and crowdsourcing data to presenting your findings. This session will explore how tools from MuckRock, FOIA Machine, and DocumentCloud can help, including a look at the new crowdsourcing tool Assignments, which was developed jointly by MuckRock and DocumentCloud.

Speaker Bios

  • Michael Morisy is the founder and chief executive of MuckRock, a transparency non-profit that also runs DocumentCloud, oTranscribe, and a variety of other newsroom tools that open democracy to work for everyone. He is a former editor at the Boston Globe and a former JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford.

  • Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was Executive Editor, Digital, and interim Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian in London. Previously, he has been a reporter and editor at The New York Times, The Center for Public Integrity as well as Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware. Aron also co-founded two news-related startups: and Hacks & Hackers.

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