freedom of information

This week I had the privilege of leading a workshop on making access to information (or freedom of information) requests for my colleagues at The Journal.

You’ll find my slides here — pretty straightforward overview stuff designed to briefly consider why and when reporters might use FOIP. Feel free to send me tips for better approaches or things that should be considered. And, if you’re super keen on access to information and you haven’t come across it already, I’d definitely recommend The Paper Trail blog, currently on hiatus but due to return to the Vancouver Sun in September 2012.

The best part of my presentation, however, was the part I can’t share — all the amazing story ideas reporters came up with in break-out groups. It’s hard not to be pumped about journalists taking an hour out of their day to think about great journalism and fill a white-board with a range of ideas relevant to all sections of the newspaper.

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