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This committee is the watchdog of press freedoms across the nation. It relies upon a network of volunteers in each state organized under Project Sunshine. These SPJ members are on the front lines for assaults to the First Amendment and when lawmakers attempt to restrict the public's access to documents and the government's business. The committee often is called upon to intervene in instances where the media is restricted.

Freedom of Information Committee Chair

Jonathan Anderson
Public issues investigative reporter
Marshfield News-Herald
Marshfield, Wisc.
Phone: 920-676-5399
Bio (click to expand) picture Jonathan Anderson is a public issues investigative reporter for the Marshfield News-Herald in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Before joining the News-Herald, in 2015, Jonathan was a reporter for a pair of newspapers in northern Wisconsin for nearly two years. He has held internships at the First Amendment Center, Wisconsin Law Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio and WISN-TV, and was also editor in chief of his college newspaper, the UWM Post.

Jonathan is an avid requester of public records, and his work in the FOI arena has also entailed advocacy and research. He has been the plaintiff in two lawsuits challenging improper government secrecy. He helped obtain a legal opinion from the Wisconsin attorney general that found University of Wisconsin System student government groups subject to the state’s open meetings law. His master’s thesis, “Resolving Public Records Disputes in Wisconsin: The Role of the Attorney General's Office,” investigated how the Wisconsin attorney general reviews and sometimes intervenes in access disputes. And he has volunteered for the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.

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Reporter’s Guide to FERPA
Navigating the Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act

Additional Resources

Full text of Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act
Click to read text

Student Press Law Center
Frank LoMonte, executive director
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, VA 22209-2275
Can provide free legal assistance to students in public records denials
Also, see: Student Media Guide to FERPA (2005)

United Educators
Chevy Chase, MD
(800) 346-7877 (301) 907-4908
One of the largest college risk-management insurance companies
Web Site
Contact: Karen-Ann Broe, director of risk management

Ann H. Franke, attorney and president
Wise Results, LLC
Washington, DC, consulting firm
Also can be reach through United Educators

Dave Cuillier, chair
Freeedom of Information Committee
Society of Professional Journalists
work: 520-626-9694
home: 520-229-1466

Quill: FERPA Foibles
Click to read article [requires SPJ membership]
How a federal student privacy law clashes with the right to know, and how it can affect your campus.
Report: Michelle Rydell

Wall Street Journal: Colleges' Culture of Privacy Often Overshadows Safety
Click to read article
In-depth Wall Street Journal investigation into FERPA misinterpretations involving school shootings, suicides, and other issues involving the health and safety of students
Report: Elizabeth Bernstein
Pub Date: April 27, 2007
The Wall Street Journal

The Columbus Dispatch: College athletic departments use vague law to keep public records from being seen
Click to read article
Report: Jill Riepenhoff and Todd Jones
Pub Date: May 31, 2009
The Columbus Dispatch

The American Center for Law and Justice
White paper explaining FERPA privacy exceptions for families
Click to read article
P.O. Box 90555 Washington, DC 20090-0555 1-800-296-4529
Legal Helpline Phone: 757-226-2489 Legal Helpline Fax: 757-226-2836

U.S. Department of Education
FERPA Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202
Web Site
Includes links to current FERPA Regulations and section-by-section analysis of regulations

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