Friday, November 12, 2004

FOI courses

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is running a further training course on the FOI Act in London. The course will be on the morning of 17 January 2004. Please let us know if you would be interested in attending.

NUJ training course

30 November 2004
18 January 2005
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Using the Freedom of Information Act and open records laws

Reporters who know how to use the act will have access to many exclusive stories. 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

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