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SPJ and 28 other journalism groups urge Congress to address communication between journalists and federal agencies
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Sunshine Award winners announced for contributions to open government
SPJ: Assange indictment raises serious concerns for press freedom
SPJ, 59 other groups, urge court to order return of journalist’s equipment and work
SPJ condemns San Francisco PD’s home raid to obtain source’s name
SPJ condemns recent attempt to silence journalist Maria Ressa
SPJ objects to Justice Department secretly confiscating journalist’s records

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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.

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Campus Access Center

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All About FERPA


The Society of Professional Journalists is here to support student journalists nationwide as they begin to mold their careers. Whether it’s a campus chapter, student media outlet or individual, SPJ is here to offer advice, training and up-to-date information on important freedom of information decisions.

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On this page, you’ll find resources that can help you and your chapter regarding freedom of information news and education.

You also may contact SPJ Headquarters at any time if you have comments, questions or concerns.

Together — students, alumni and professionals alike — we continue the fight to preserve and protect the freedoms granted by the First Amendment and help the public understand those freedoms.

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Students in SPJ News
9/6/2019: Chris McCrory from Arizona State University awarded MOEy Best in Show9/6/2019: Eastern Kentucky University is awarded SPJ’s Campus Program of the Year award9/6/2019: Ohio University named SPJ’s Outstanding Campus Chapter for fourth consecutive year9/5/2019: SPJ announces 2019 Pro Chapters of the Year8/21/2019: SPJ announces outstanding campus chapter and program regional honorees8/19/2019: Outstanding SPJ chapters honored with Circle of Excellence awards
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Essential Tutorials, courtesy of Quill Magazine

How to Conduct a Campus FOI Audit
FOI audits are great tools to monitor open-records compliance and check weaknesses in your state’s laws. Audits return journalism to its roots by protecting citizens’ rights to freedom of information and keeping government accountable. The purpose of the audit is to test how easily the average citizen can obtain public records. Here is a condensed guide on conducting an audit on your college campus.

FOI Toolbox: Make copies of documents on the cheap
What good is access to government records if it costs as much as a bank buyout to get copies? Too often public agencies charge more than they should for copies of records, sometimes as much as $1 or more per page. That’s just wrong, and in most states it’s illegal. So don’t stand for government gouging. Here are 10 tips for reducing or eliminating those outrageous copy fees.

10 great FOI programs for chapters, newsrooms
Chapters and newsrooms are doing great work in freedom of information, so the FOI Committee decided to share some of its programs with everyone. At the SPJ Web site, you’ll find dozens of ideas for FOI programs suitable for professional chapters, campus chapters or newsrooms. You’ll also find tips for writing about FOI, quotable expert FOI sources and studies, and FOI teaching ideas. Here is a snapshot of 10 program ideas.

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Helpful Links

Associated Collegiate Press
Columbia Journalism Review
High School Journalism Initiative
Journalism Association of Community Colleges
National Scholastic Press Association
The Poynter Institute
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Student Press Law Center
UWire


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All About FERPA
The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act was enacted in 1974 to protect the privacy of students and their education records. Unfortunately, school districts across the U.S. have twisted the law to deny records that would have otherwise been accessible. Reporters continue to strive for these records and for accountability within school systems.

We hope these resources help journalists gain access to what would otherwise be kept secret.

Language of the Law: GPO Access / FERPA

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Related Articles:
Freedom of Information

See archive for more articles

Quill
– Bad week for journalism can have long-term impact
– Why the #FreePress editorials were not enough
– Meet the victims of violence against journalists
– World Press Freedom Day hits home
– Student press freedom laws gain momentum

SPJ News
SPJ and 28 other journalism groups urge Congress to address communication between journalists and federal agencies
NMOG Remembers Rep. Elijah Cummings for Steadfast Work for Open Government
SPJ announces 2019 Pro Chapters of the Year
SPJ mourns death of 95th President John Ensslin
Sunshine Award winners announced for contributions to open government
SPJ: Assange indictment raises serious concerns for press freedom
SPJ, 59 other groups, urge court to order return of journalist’s equipment and work
SPJ condemns San Francisco PD’s home raid to obtain source’s name
SPJ condemns recent attempt to silence journalist Maria Ressa
SPJ objects to Justice Department secretly confiscating journalist’s records

Freedom of Information
FOIA Home
News/Articles
Find FOI in your state
FOI step-by-step guides

Quill: Stories About FOI
– Bad week for journalism can have long-term impact
– Why the #FreePress editorials were not enough
– Meet the victims of violence against journalists

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.

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