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Open Doors: Accessing Government Records
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FOI and the Courts
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FOI Committee
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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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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