Must read FOI stories – 7/11/14

Every week I do a roundup of the freedom of information stories around the Web. If you have an FOI story you want to share, send me an email or tweet me.

  • A CIA employee with the highest level of security clearance tried to get the agency to release info that was a decade old. They told him no, so he submitted a FOIA request and it “destroyed his entire career.”
  • The Center for Investigative Reporting is collecting ideas on how to improve the FOIA request process. Have ideas? Fill out the form here.
  • Two local activist groups file suit against a Florida county claiming that the commission skirted state open-government laws in allowing a controversial business park to go forward.
  • Which U.S. agencies sprung for the extra legroom provided by first class? MuckRock obtained Agency Premium Travel Reportswhich show how millions in upgrade fees were spent from 2009-2013.

David Schick is the summer 2014 Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern for SPJ,  reporting and researching public records and FOI issues. Contact him at or interact on Twitter: @davidcschick

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  • Echoing Jason Fox Johnson’s comment previous to this one… interesting, but what in the heck are you referring to, exactly, Mr. Veenerman? This is incomplete commentary at best because it assumes we, the reader, know what ‘Instant Articles’ is, or that we’ll click out of this piece of writing to read about it elsewhere, and then come back here to finish this particular salvo.

    Regardless of what ‘Instant Articles’ is, I reject the notion that there’s “social media journalism” — that’s because I believe that all there is is journalism. Some of it is good journalism and some of it is bad.

    My closing thought for Mr. Veenerman… don’t confuse the destination where the journalistic content appears as changing the fact that a journalist credited it in the first place or that it’s no longer journalism (that it’s somehow “social media journalism” because of where it’s published).


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