FOI Tip of the Week: New online FOI training videos for SPJ members posted

The folks here at SPJ are dedicated to providing high-quality tips and training for professional journalists on topics ranging from social media to narrative writing.

But one of the pillars of journalism most dear to our hearts is, without a doubt, the public’s right to freedom of information.

Public records provide journalists with some of their hardest-hitting stories, and this week SPJ added new training videos to its website to show members how to get the most use out of public records in their communities.

We posted five new FOI training videos to the site Monday that are accessible to all SPJ members. (If you’re not a member of SPJ, you won’t be able to access them. Unless, that is, you head over to the website and become a member – thereby gaining access to the FOI videos and loads of other useful training materials.)

The videos focus on various aspects of FOI, including how to request electronic records, overcome wrongful agency denials and get speedier responses to requests.

The videos feature tips from SPJ FOI Committee Chairman David Cuillier and include cameos from your SPJ HQ staff.

Once you’ve finished watching the FOI videos, you can hone your freelancing chops by checking out the new freelance-focused videos we just added as well.

All videos are part of SPJ’s ECAMPUS: Where Journalists Go to Know training program.

– Morgan Watkins

Morgan Watkins is SPJ’s summer Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern and a University of Florida student. Reach her by email ( or connect with her on Twitter (@morganwatkins26).


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