Greetings, FOI FYI readers

Attention open government advocpicates, First Amendment martyrs and citizens who support the free press as our fourth pillar of democracy.

My name is Kara Hackett, and I’m SPJ’s Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern this summer.

I’ll be updating the FOI FYI blog with freedom of information-related news, and I’ll act as your guide through what may be one of the most turbulent seasons of FOI and press freedom history in recent memory.

For example: After the Justice Department subpoenaed more than  20 Associated Press phone lines and the FBI accused a Fox News reporter of criminal activity, Congress is reconsidering the Free Flow of Information Act. It’s a long-awaited federal shield law to protect reporters from intrusive government investigations that threaten to jail journalists and silence whistle-blowers. (See SPJ’s shield law info page here to learn more about how you can help the cause.)

So how will it all play out? What does the future look like for reporters or for anyone who witnesses federal wrongdoing and wants to influence change?

Stay tuned for the latest updates, and tell me what you think about the ongoing controversy.

I’m always interested in story ideas, suggestions, snide remarks and long chats about anything FOI-related (preferably over warm cups of coffee or chai tea), so contact me at You can also find me on Twitter: @KaraHackett. Heck, we even have phones in our offices: 317-927-8000 ext. 213.

Oh, and I’ll be at our national headquarters in Indianapolis this summer, so I’ll meet you at any coffee shop in a 20-mile radius.

Kara Hackett is SPJ’s Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern, a freelance writer and a free press enthusiast. Contact her at or on Twitter: @KaraHackett.

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