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You've finished school and are trying to make sense of the big, bad (as in good, of course) world of journalism. Now what?

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A guide to the FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act, passed by Congress in 1966, is an essential part of the public’s right to know about their government. (Photo: Kevin McCoy/Wikimedia Commons) This week is Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is a week held annually reminding us of the importance of the public’s right to know. At the core of this is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which was signed into law in 1966. Because of the nature of my work, I have to be selective in the FOIA requests that I file with the US government. >Continue reading A guide to the FOIA

More from First Draft:
– A guide to the FOIA
– 5, Must-Know Standards Citizen Journalists Should Know and Practice
– Stuart McLean’s stories
– Freedom of Press and History of Journalism in America
– Social media discourse: Don’t feed the trolls



FOI step-by-step guides

If you're unfamiliar with FOIA laws or just need some guidance, we can help.

FOI for students
FOI for pros

Unfamiliar with FOI laws? Need help submitting a records request? Request denied and don’t know what to do now? Just overwhelmed in general and need a place to start?

The Society of Professional Journalists seeks to maintain constant vigilance in protecting the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press and encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely. If you're unfamiliar with the laws or just need some guidance, these guides — for pros and students — can help.

FOI for students: A step-by-step guide
FOI for pros: A step-by-step guide

First Draft: SPJ’s Gen J Blog
– A guide to the FOIA
– 5, Must-Know Standards Citizen Journalists Should Know and Practice
– Stuart McLean’s stories
– Freedom of Press and History of Journalism in America


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