Must read FOI stories – 5/30/14

Every week I’ll be doing a round up 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.

  • “You don’t start a dialogue with FOIA requests”: Students upset with University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock’s “defense of laws requiring governments to accommodate controversial religious views” have sent an FOI request for correspondence between the professor and organizations that oppose same-sex marriage. And more on that from Will Creeley, public advocate for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, who suggests the FOIA request threatens academic freedom.
  • This is what happens when two public entities, Georgia State University and Georgia Public Broadcasting — both subject to FOI requests — orchestrate a secret deal to take over a student radio station. Detailed emails about their back-room deals surface.

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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