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FOIA Request Uncovers Yelp’s ‘Mafia’-esque Business Practices

February 2, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

The results of a FOIA request filed by MuckRock News investigating Federal Trade Commission complaints over questionable business practices uncovered 685 small business complaints filed against the business review site Yelp From The Daily Caller: Allegations against Yelp included spamming businesses that used its service, making harassing sales calls and […]

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Transparency-Friendly IAG Ruling Slowed By Bureaurcracy?

February 3, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

The Illinois Attorney General’s office ruled in favor of county documents being turned over is being stymied by the slow flow of information about the ruling, the Galesburg Register-Mail alleges in a story it published Saturday. The paper filed a FOIA request  in July 2012 for court documents pertaining to […]

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Should DHS Need Reasonable Suspicion to Search Your Smart Phone?

February 10, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

The result of a “Civil Liberties Impact Assessment” conducted by the Department of Homeland Security has concluded that it’s unnecessary to require border officials to identify “reasonable suspicion” before searching personal electronic devices. From an excellent writeup on the decision’s significance by Wired’s David Kravets: The memo highlights the friction between […]

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WBEZ Examines Student Death Statistics

February 25, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

Chicago journalist Stephen Franklin writes in with thoughts about a recent WBEZ report: We know from the news that Chicago school students are dying. But as this WBEZ report explain, we do not know that for a fact from Chicago public school officials. At least for 2013. The officials’ explanation, […]

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‘How to Make the Most of FOIA’ Event in D.C.

February 26, 2013 FOIA Illinois 0

Do we have any readers from the District? If you live in the Washington, D.C. area (or are willing to travel!) the National Press Club Journalism Institute is hosting a fantastic-sounding FOIA panel: Event: How to Make the Most of FOIA When: March 14, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00pm Where: National […]

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A Statement from the CHC Board

February 19, 2013 0

In light of alarming reports that journalists from some of America’s most established news organizations have allowed their sources and/or sources’ representatives to edit and/or approve quotes before publication or broadcast (see, the Chicago Headline Club hereby adopts the following:WHEREAS the practice of allowing political candidates and/or their representatives to…

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Ethics in the Digital World

February 8, 2013 0

HOW DO YOU TRUST THE NEWS IN A DIGITAL WORLD? A Forum on Digital Media Ethics in Journalism 7 p.m.Wed. Feb. 13, 2013 PanelistsHUGH DELLIOS, News Editor, Associated Press, Midwest BureauMEGHAN DOUGHERTY, Assistant Professor of Digital CommunicationBASTIAAN VANACKER, Director of the Center for Digital Media Ethics & PolicyCo-ModeratorsALDEN LOURY, President of the Chicago Headline…