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Maggie L

Maggie L
One of the rare times I'm in the office

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Access Guide

After writing the last post, I was looking around the RCFP website. The Reading Room is really good, with everything from a "Reporter's Field Guide" to a "Photographers' Guide to Privacy. It also has a section on HIPAA laws:


FOIA Requests

Have you ever filed a request for info under the Freedom of Information Act? It's generally pretty simple and can yield big results. While FOIA applies only to federal agencies, most states have similar laws. The Dallas Morning News has a good story online now through a freedom of information request it made on state goverment emails:

If you've never filed a FOIA request, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a great place to get started:

They even have a fill-in-the-blanks "FOIA letter generator":