Freedom of Information
SPJ's Freedom of Information 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.
The Society of Professional Journalists and the Government Accountability Project have teamed up with several other whistleblowing and media organizations to inform journalists on how they can safely work with whistleblowers, and have created a comprehensive case for why those brave workers who risk everything should be praised and better protected.
Get in touch with the Sunshine chair or chairs in your state and find FOI Centers, quotable sources, resources and more.
SPJ Local Connection: Find SPJ leaders in your area
Quill: Stories About FOI
More FOI Resources
The Society of Professional Journalists is here to support student journalists nationwide as they begin to mold their careers. Whether its 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.
Follow this link for resources that can help you and your chapter regarding freedom of information news and education.
Has your student media been censored or threatened? We want to know. We want to help. Read on to find out how SPJ defends student journalists.
– SMACK Home
– J Team: Smack some sense into your censors
– Bayonet Awards: Recognizing the nation's edgiest student journalists
– News: College Media Watchdog
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation provided funding to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to help update its Open Government Guide. That updated guide led to the development of the RCFPs new project, iFOIA.