Talks & Trainings

The National Freedom of Information Coalition provides training and speaking sessions for anyone interested in Freedom of Information. We have partnered with a number of organizations to deliver free interactive training. Partners have included the Society of Professional Journalists, Uncovered, Investigative Reporters & Editors, and many others. Please see our upcoming talks and current programs below. 

Talks

Everyone’s Right to Know: Public Records for Justice 

This session will lay out public records to help you examine racial justice in your community. From police abuse to redlining, to census, to Title IX, this session will provide you a list of records to request to expose inequities and make the world a little better. 

Previous Talks:

Investigative Reporters & Editors: IRE 2021; June 14-18, 2021

Society of Professional Journalists 2021 Conference; September 2-4, 2021

NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists; September 9-12, 2021 

Previous Trainings:

Public Records Bootcamp

Uncovered: A Cold Case Platform 

FOI Bootcamp for Journalists 

Learn more here 


Reviews

I had filed a few requests before but the Public Records Bootcamp really gave me the confidence I needed to continue to make requests. The Bootcamp explained that the public has a right to know but that sometimes there are exemptions that supersede that right. Learning effective ways to craft a request and how to follow up if the request is denied has really changed the way I pursue public information. The resources that were shared ie. NFOIC and Muckrock are invaluable sources of information and support. The Bootcamp sparked my interest in learning more about the NFOIC and how we can improve public access to information. In late summer, I was invited to participate in the 200,000 Cold Cases Aren’t Going to Solve Themselves panel discussion at the 2021 FOI summit. I really enjoyed participating on the panel and the opportunity to attend several valuable sessions. I will definitely be attending the summit again next year.

—Dana Poll, Citizen Detective

I had done some requests for public records before the FOIA training, but I feel much better prepared for the next time I do need to do one. It also helped me feel more confident in other dealings I have with government officials—ways to approach them, terms to use, questions to ask.

—Ginny Huff, Citizen Detective

If you are interested in hosting a training or talk session with NFOIC, please contact Erika Benton at ebenton@nfoic.org.