Next NUJ Training Course: 26 May

26 May 2005
London headquarters of the National Union of Journalists
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Using the Freedom of Information Act and open records laws

The long-awaited Freedom of Information Act grants the public a legal right to official information for the first time. No reporter should be without the knowledge of how to use this powerful piece of legislation. This course will teach you the basics of the FOIA and the other major access laws, how to file requests and challenge refusals. It will also give you a thorough grounding in how to use the many existing public records sources. The course will cover:

  • The Freedom of Information Act. What it is and how to use it. Exemptions, appeals and charges.
  • The new Environmental Information Regulations. What they are and how to use them. How the EIR differ from FOIA.
  • Local government information and access to meetings
  • Using access requests to produce investigative stories – an American and UK perspective.
  • An overview of all the major public registers, online databases, and internet resources
  • Integrating public records and public information requests into day-to-day reporting.