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Open Doors: Accessing Government Records
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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

David Cuillier
Director and Associate Professor
School of Journalism
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Work: 520-626-9694
Bio (click to expand) David Cuillier, Ph.D., is director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, where he researches and teaches access to public records, and is co-author with Charles Davis of "The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records." He served as FOI chair 2007-11 before becoming a national officer and serving as SPJ president in 2013-14.

Before entering academia, he was a newspaper reporter and editor in the Pacific Northwest. He has testified before Congress on FOI issues twice and provides newsroom training in access on behalf of SPJ. His long-term goal is to see a unified coalition of journalism organizations fighting for press freedom and funded through an endowed FOI war chest.

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Internet resources
Nonprofit state FOI organizations and their phone numbers
‘Open Doors’ logos available for download

Internet Resources

National organizations with online resources:

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The Freedom Forum
The Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri
The National Freedom of Information Coalition
Investigative Reporters & Editors

Media-specific organizations that also have strong FOI components:

American Society of Newspaper Editors
Radio-Television News Directors Association

For specific help with FOI issues on college or university campuses, visit:

Security on Campus, Inc.
Student Press Law Center

For access to FOI laws in all 50 states, visit:

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press The Reporters Committee offers its excellent “Tapping Officials’ Secrets” publications in print, CD-Rom or online form. The organization’s Web site allows you to search for references to specific areas within state laws.)
The Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project This Web site was created by the Brechner Center for FOI at the University of Florida. It offers in-depth analysis and comparisons of FOI provisions in all 50 states.)
FOIAdvocates The law firm of Bahr & Stotter, Eugene Ore./


Nonprofit state FOI organizations

Alabama Center for Open Government: 205/348-7155
Alaska FOI: 907/272-7549
Arizona First Amendment Coalition: 602/351-8000
California First Amendment Coalition: 916/974-8888
First Amendment Project (California): 510/208-7744
Connecticut Foundation for Open Government: 860/566-5682
Florida First Amendment Foundation: 800/337-3518
Georgia First Amendment Foundation: 404/525-3646
Open Government Coalition of Hawaii: 808/523-8509
FOIndiana, Inc.: 317/630-9591
Iowa Freedom of Information Council: 515/271-2295
Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government: 316/978-6060
Michigan FOI Committee: 313/577-8379
Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information: 601/992-OPEN
Missouri Freedom of Information Center: 573/882-4856
Montana Freedom of Information Hotline, Inc.: 406/442-7440
New Jersey Foundation for Open Government: 908/822-1286
New Mexico Foundation for Open Government: 505/764-3750
North Carolina Press Association “Sunshine Line”: 919/833-3833
Ohio Center for Privacy and the First Amendment: 330/672-2572
Ohio Coalition for Open Government: 614/486-6677
FOI Oklahoma, Inc.: 405/341-3169
Open Oregon: Freedom of Information Coalition: 503/725-5687
Access/Rhode Island: 401/277-7319
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, Inc.: 214/977-6658
SPJ Utah FOI Hot Line: 800/547-4546
Utah Foundation for Open Government: 614/486-6677
Virginia Coalition for Open Government: 540/353-8264
Wisconsin FOI Council: 262/542-2501


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